Spinning the Wheels of Swayumbunath

The Swayumbunath stupa is surrounded by scores of prayer wheels, each containing the Buddhist mantra "Om Mani Padme Hum" thousands of times over on a strip of rice paper. When you spin the wheels, the mantra is then released into the air, as if you've just chanted the mantra again and again at incredible speed. Here I am leading a procession of monks clockwise around the stupa.