Tibetan Buddhism has a rich history and tradition in carving and offering mani stones. "Mani" means "jewel" or "infinite altruism". One can find walls, hills and even mountains constructed from stones engraved with syllables and sacred prayers. More than just rocks, mani stones are said to offer special power, with deep meaning and relevance.
Mani stones are rocks, slabs or pebbles engraved with Tibetan Buddhist mantras and images, and instilled with deep meaning and spiritual significance. They are found in the sacred landscapes of Tibet, Bhutan, India and Nepal.
The largest mound of mani stones in the world, in the village of Xinzhai in the Tibetan autonomous prefecture of Yushu, is made up of more than 2.5 billion stones. As an act of prayer and devotion, Tibetan Buddhists scan the collections of mani stones clockwise.