This prayer wheel is decorated with beautiful shades of fiery red and turquoise. The cylinder contains a tightly wound scroll with the sacred text printed on paper. The text is a sutra or invocation to Avalokiteshvara. The syllables Om Mani Padme Hum are carved outside the wheel in Tibetan. Prayer wheels are used primarily by the Buddhists of Tibet and Nepal, where hand held prayer wheels are carried by pilgrims and other devotees and turned during devotional activities. This prayer wheel is handmade in Nepal and is excellent addition to your Buddhist accessories or as a gift for anyone who practices meditation. It is both a spiritual tool and work of art!