Asthamangala Dharma chakra Wheel
Most of the temples, using of wood doesn’t hold much importance than the artistic touch it possesses. The intricate and artistic carvings in the pillars, brackets, struts, beam frames of the peristyles, window and door frames with the Hindu deities and religious motifs prove this statement. This handmade Asthamangala Dharma Chakra wheel has unique designs of wood carvings that help to show the culture and tradition of a country.
But nowadays, woodcraft not only just limited to the beams of temples and palaces. The artisans carve the figure of Buddha, the elements of Buddhism, windows, doors, statues of different Hindu gods and goddesses, tables, artistic clocks and the articles of day to day use. There are three types of craftsmen in the Nepali woodcraft tradition. However, The Designers, The Woodcarvers, Traditionally from the Silpakar family and the carpenters, commonly called sikarmi. But the tradition has also slowly changed as different castes are coming ahead to perform this work.
The designer and woodcarver are often the same people. The wood carving organization, so far, kept as a family business, the ideas transferred to sons from the father. The work of woodcarvers is terming as broad specialization and belongs to the knowledge concerning iconography and religious significance of decoration.
The Asthamangala Dharma chakra wheel consists of a hub, rim, and generally eight spokes, although sometimes more portrayed. The circle as its underlying form is a general symbol found in all cultures. The most renown form of the wheel belongs to the Eight Symbols. It is interpreted as the wheel of Dharma, which the Buddha set in motion with his first discussion. Accordingly, in Buddhism, there are various explanations of its significance. One of these descriptions makes reference to the three pieces of training of Buddhist practice. The hub stands for the training in moral discipline, through which the mind supports and balanced. The spokes stand for the application of wisdom in view to emptiness, which cuts off ignorance. And the rim indicates training in concentration, which holds the practice together.