Mani walls are a common site on the outskirts of villages in the northern sections of the Annapurna circuit where the local villagers practice Tibetan Buddhism. The stone built walls usually contain a series of prayer wheels that the traveller can spin as they pass by (always on the left hand side) releasing the prayers as if they had been recited by the person. Many of the walls are also adorned with Mani stones beautifully engraved with the mantra ‘Om madi padme hum’. The walls can range in size up to several hundred meters long. In this recording you can hear me spinning the prayer wheels as I pass.

Mani wall