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More About This Experience
Prayer wheels are central to Tibetan Buddhism. These prayer wheels have prayers/chants written on them that devotees believe is chanted with every rotation. Prayer wheels generally line the outskirts of religious sites where pilgrims and devotees walk around the site rotating these wheels as they make their rounds. There is however a portable version of the prayer wheel as well, which one can rotate in one's hand with relative ease. And it is this portable prayer wheel that you will be making for this course.
Based on the size of the prayer wheel that you want to make you will first have to mark the metal sheet which will then have to be cut with a pair of heavy duty scissors. Once you have the sheet ready it has be moulded into a circular shape. With the base of the prayer wheel ready, next up is getting the pre-shaped text (the prayers) into shape to fit on the metal base. The next step involves using high pressure flames to mould the metal and put the pieces in place (only the host will handle the high pressure flames for safety reasons). The last step for this course is preparing the handle on which the prayer wheel will be mounted. Once this is done then all you have to do is fix the prayer wheel to the handle and there you have it, your own portable prayer wheel! ;)
Please note that if you have selected an add on for pick up then we use local taxis.
- Exact pick-up location address along with map direction will be sent to your email instantly after booking
-Be at the pick up location at the tour start time.
- The process can be quite difficult so note the host is always there to help you
- As there is a fari degree of metal work involved, we would ask you to take note of your personal safety
- The activity is conducted sitting on the floor so please wear appropriate clothing
Rajesh is from a long chain of metal carvers. He has been working in this field for more than 25 years. He learnt this skill from his father and mother. He is very passionate about his work and wants to be very suc...
Developed a new appreciation for the work that goes into making a Prayer Wheel. An inspiring artist who is very passionate and proud of the product that he produces. Came away with a very professional product at the end and really liked the fact that the artist receives a large portion of the fee paid. Having an interpreter included in the price made things a lot easier and I liked to be able to ask questions if I needed too as I went.
Martina PhillipsUnited States
4 Sep, 2017
This was a great workshop! Rajesh and his family are very nice and I enjoyed meeting them. We spent a day together making prayer wheels which turned out great! I have a new appreciation for Nepalese crafts. It is all made from scratch down to simple wire and pieces of metal. The translator was nice as well and spoke good english. We were picked up at our hotel and brought back after the workshop. It was very easy to communicate. I would definitely recommend this workshop!
Thank you Rajesh!
24 Aug, 2017
During my 5 months stay in Kathmandu, I went to 4 different workshops from Backstreet Academy. I did the lantern making, prayer wheel, mask carving and the Nepali hat workshop. They were all very interesting and they were equally amazing.
To come home to the different hosts was a big part of this fantastic experience. They opened their homes and shared a bit of their life. How amazing is that to meet new people and to learn more about their culture and the work they do. For me this is what traveling is all about.
To have an interpreter there was a good way to communicate with the hosts and to learn more.
I would definitely recommend to do some workshops!
8 Sep, 2016
Go behind the scenes of how all the awesome handicrafts that you see on the streets are made and try it for yourself! I did the prayer wheel workshop and weaving in Kathmandu, and the batik painting in Pokhara. It was simply an amazing experience and the souvenirs you bring home are made by YOU! There's so much work going into making everything we see sold on the streets that you'll appreciate what you buy.
The prayer wheel one was my favourite!
Kirsten WaardenburgUnited States
18 Apr, 2016
We had an amazing workshop! Rajesh and his wife explained us very well all the steps we had to do to make a beautiful Prayer Wheel. Our interpetor Kanti translated very good and we really had an incredeble time with the three of them.
I am really happy I did this course, and would warmly reccomend it to everybody who likes handicrafts and wants to learn more about culture.