The meaning behind stacking stones 

Tripoto
21st Sep 2018

Stacked stones or simply put, a pile of stones, where stones are balanced over each other, are a familiar sight all across Ladakh, Spiti, Kinnaur, Uttarakhand along with other places. Ever wondered what it means or why is it done?

Day 1

Shot by Saurabh Sabikhi. Click HERE to see the original post.

Photo of The meaning behind stacking stones by S S (Saurabh Sabikhi)

It is believed that this practice of stacking stones is a way to worship, or a gesture to ask for a wish or good fortune for the person stacking them. Each stone in the stack could represent a wish, or maybe even a family member for whom the wish is asked for.

It is also believed that some people stack stones as an offering to the Gods, or as a way of atonement. .

Shot by Saurabh Sabikhi. Click HERE to see the original post.

Photo of The meaning behind stacking stones by S S (Saurabh Sabikhi)

There's another interesting observation about this practice that I felt. And maybe, you'll feel it too.

While stacking or balancing the stones on top of each other, our mind is required to have a sharp focus. Slowly, everything else running in my mind blurs, and eventually becomes non-existent. The mind and body becomes quiet. And it's almost like meditation to me. I feel, I have become a part of the universe, of the energy flows in it.

Shot by Saurabh Sabikhi. Click HERE to see the original picture.

Photo of The meaning behind stacking stones by S S (Saurabh Sabikhi)

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