Most of the temples, using wood doesn’t hold much importance than artistic touch it possesses. The intricate and artistic carvings in pillars, brackets, struts, beam frames of the peristyles, window and door frames with the Hindu deities and religious motifs prove this statement. These handmade Pray wheel (Mani) unique designs wood carvings help to show the culture and tradition of a country.
But nowadays, woodcraft not only limited to 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.
Tibetan pray wheel also called Mani wheels by the Tibetans. The Tibetan pray wheel is a device for spreading spiritual blessings and well-being. Traditionally, rolls of thin paper inside the praying wheel, printed with many copies of the mantra (prayer) called Om Mani Padme Hum which is printed in an ancient Indian script or in Tibetan script. These mantras wound around an axle in a protective container and it spun around and around. Tibetan Buddhists believe in saying this mantra, out loud or silently to oneself. It invokes the powerful benevolent attention and blessings of Chenrezig, the embodiment of compassion.