Tibetan prayer flags are known as ‘Lungta’ among Tibetans which translates as ‘Windhorse’.
The most common flags have the Ghachenchemon mantra script contents on them. The literal translation of this is the ‘highest umbrella’ which gives the protection of enlightened prayer to its followers. The mantra invokes the wish that all sentient beings should have a rich life of achievement, free of fear, pain, misery, ignorance, illness, and failure.
Usually the Windhorse image is at the centre of a set of five flags, often with four supernatural and symbolic creatures at each corner: the dragon, the Garuda, the snow lion and the tiger. The Windhorse gallops like the wind carrying the wish fulfilling jewel which radiates peace, prosperity and harmony. The Windhorse symbolises the accomplishment of positive work by the elimination of all hindrances. Other flags may carry images of auspicious symbols, protectors and enlightened beings.
Prayer flags may be hung either inside a building for good luck and to increase the spiritual atmosphere, or outdoors where the wind can carry their prayers and beneficent vibrations across the countryside. Traditionally prayer flags are hung from the highest points, such as eaves and trees, or fastened to wooden poles for vertical display.