Prayer flags are inscribed with auspicious symbols, invocations, prayers, and mantras. Prayer flags are said to invoke compassion, harmony, peace, wisdom, strength, and to offer protection against dangers and evil.
The prayers contained on the flag are carried out to all beings as a blessing.
Tibetan Buddhists for centuries have planted these flags outside their homes and places of spiritual practice for the wind to carry the beneficent vibrations across the countryside. Now a days prayer are also display at weddings, birthdays, holiday, shrines and at a retreat center.
Prayer flags are mostly printed on cotton or polyster using wooden block. The flags are flown in multiple sets of five colors: Blue for sky, White for cloud, Red for fire, Green for water and Yellow for earth. Each flag is printed with a series of Tibetan mantra chants. Prayer flags are available in many size and design. Few of the design are as follows.