Mani Stone Mound of Nechamo
It is one of the biggest and most celebrated Mani Stone Mounds in Tibet, 30 kilometers away from the Denqen county town. Nechamo in Tibetan means the holy land of colorful flowers. It was said that eleven statues of Buddha equal in size to the human body appeared on the opposite lawn when Princess Wencheng passed here. Immediately the princess presented the tribute to them, fell down in adoration and place a stone carved with Six-Syllable Prayer here. The Tibetan compatriots regarded the stones here as the incarnations of the gods ever since. They carved words of Buddha or statues of Buddha on the stones generation after generation. If someone cannot carve indeed, he or she would pick up a pebble, pray for a while with the pebble leaned on the forehead, and then put it on the stone mounds. It was the origin of the Mani Stone Mound. There was the tradition that Mani Stone mounds are piled up on the crossings and hilltops of the whole Tibetan Area ever since. People treat the Mani Stone Mounds as the boundary signs of different Mountain Deities and the patron god of the pedestrians. Nowadays when the Tibetan compatriots pass the Mani Stone Mounds, they would add pebbles into the stone mounds and make pilgrimages with circumambulation around the Mani Stone Mounds, which symbolize accumulating merits and virtues and praying for the protection of the gods.
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