Saturday, October 6, 2012

How we pray!

I have seen lot of yellow and red threads on trees,  little notes hanging from the branches, small cradles offered to God in Temples in India as a gentle nudge to the Almighty to consider the case.

Curious little pagoda-like structures which is made by stacking stones of bigger sizes in the bottom is a way of worshiping or praying by Buddhists in Korea. Each stone represents a wish to be fulfilled for the stacker or may also represent a person for whom prosperity is wished for. 

These little structures where made in Mount Namsan in Gyeongju in the South Eastern part of Korea. The Mountain itself is an extraordinary Buddhist Relic consisting of hundreds of statues and carvings of Buddha. It also has a beautiful hermitage at 2.5km from the base.

Pagoda-like stacking stones found on Namsan mountain in Gyeongju

Stacking stones found in Mount Namsan in Korea
Stacking Stones in Mount Namsan

Stacking stones in Bulgoksa Temple in Gyeongju in Korea
Precariously Stacked stones at the Bulguksa Temple in Gyeongju

Lots of stacking stones
More stacking stones... Pretty ones and precise ones :)

Thursday Challenge- Culture- Praying by Stacking stones in Korea
ABC Wednesday- Q for Quaint practices from Korea


  1. this is something interesting and new for me...

  2. Wow, this is a lovely place. The third pic is just too mind boggling.
    Nice post :)



    1. I have just captured a small snippet of the hundreds of stacking stones in the temple. The whole scene was just too mind boggling!

  3. How strange. I had no idea. You may be the first person to have written about this specifically.

  4. people stack stones on the banks of the narmada river, in the belief that it will help them build houses and also that their lineage will grow... i have also seen these stacks at a number of other places these days.. probably the concept is spreading.

  5. Vey interesting post about a wonderful place! Thanks for sharing:)

  6. That’s interesting and how the stones balancing are amazing!

  7. Wow..this was interesting and new to me!

  8. Wow! Fascinating post ~ I see these compilations of rocks more and more around here in the USA ~ Wonderful photos ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

  9. Interesting! I have seen stones stacked like this on the steps of Tirupati and also in many temples in the Himalayas.

  10. It is quaint, for certain.
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  11. there is one group here in the Phils. that practices rock balancing but i don't think they do it for praying...after reading your post, I will definitely ask if I see a person balancing stones again..

    hopeyou can check out Q is for Quiet!

  12. THat must be some inspiring sight to see...

  13. I miss seeing those.

    Would you mind pitching an answer?

  14. We've seen some of this in Disney..

    Que Sera Sera
    Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

  15. Reminds me of the Canadian inuqshuk. Not sure about the spelling! lol

    abcw team

  16. We have an area in our town that has many stacks of stones... I had no idea if they are related to prayer, or someone just likes stacking rocks.

  17. Good Devi, u do a wonderful research. Do u ever think this is a form of LINGAM?

  18. Good Devi, u do a wonderful research. Do u ever think this is a form of LINGAM?


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