In Arunachal Pradesh, roughly 13% of the population are devotees of Tibetan Buddhism and are settled largely in the districts surrounding their spiritual center in Tawang.
In Tibetan mythology, the Lungta is a creature which uses the pace of the wind and the might of a horse to carry prayers from Earth up to heaven. On an everyday level, the Lungta or ‘windhorse’ is associated with positive energy and often appears as an auspicious symbol on Buddhist prayer flags whose colors represent the play of the five elements – earth, water, fire, wind, and space.
Traditionally, the Lungta prayer flags are flown to invoke virtue and to enhance a worshiper’s life force. At a deeper level, the human mind itself is perceived as a rider mounted on an inner ‘windhorse’, a subtle energy which ultimately determines the direction which our thoughts take.