Types of Thangka Found in Nepal

are basically sacred Buddhist . “ is a type of painting executed on the cloth and often framed with brocade Tibetan . They are images of different , goddesses, and significant related to the philosophy of . Regarded as the very of , these paintings are a means by which the highest ideals of Buddhism are discussed. However, many Buddhist monasteries still use the tables as a means of financial and spiritual support. They use color from natural stone and gold paint to create the beautiful spiritual thangka paintings.

Major styles of Thangka Painting


In Tibetan Thangka paintings Thangkas ways that can be rolled up and scroll, painted, embroidered and can be made of mosaic. The form taken by Thangka is a vertical rectangular in shape. First framed by textile generally borders (red and yellow) in color and often mounted on the continued Chinese and Nepalese brocade. Thangkas Tibetans have very define symphony perform a degree of opportunity in glossy and shiny natural pigment. The departure of Tibetan Thangka could be followed in the 18th century. The Tibetan Thangkas can be submitted either types or icons, , and Bodhisattvas, guardians and and Thangka . Each Thangka is regarded as a meditation, bringing the importance not only to model and but to all human beings. The arts often spoke for specific reasons, more often than not a visual Supplication to a deity.


Newar Thangka recent morals have always made up a majority of the population of Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley. Newari arts have a great influence on the development of Tibetan paintings. The arts have flourished later, the 15th and 16th century. Tibetan dependence Newar in the style of painting was eventually replaced by the typical Tibetan style. The existence of the assimilation constant, the adoption of new ideas in a cultural dynamics led to two developments in Tibetan paintings from the 15th century based on Newar Indo-Chinese and first elements. Newari art has enormous influence evident in the model of Tibetan painting.

Main Types of Thangka Paintings

 Wheel of Life

Wheel of Life is a detailed representation of the basic Buddhist belief in the transmigratory existence or the theory of rebirth. The wheel is held in the embrace of Shenje, ruler of the dead, showing that all beings must eventually die. It is said to symbolize the people of the fear of death and hideousness to cling to life. Outside the wheel is a figure of Buddha, which is free of all moral and mental barriers that may prevent all living beings to attain enlightenment. His presence outside the wheel implies his escape life cycle. The wheel is divided into three parts: the axle, spokes and the rim. The axle affirms the first noble truth of Buddhism which holds that exists; the purpose of the is to relieve all beings from suffering. The axle outside, or rim, the event shows a white sky and a black hell. The spokes of the wheel divide the world into six areas sensual, the gods, demigods, men, , animals, and hell.


Mandala (which literally means a ) is a system of meditation, often used in meditation. It can be used as a visual aid for concentration and meditation introvertive leading to the development of intuition and the activation of forces that led to “Siddi…” The Mandala is a graphic representation of this process. It is a practical instrument for the realization of the process itself. There are many types and varieties of mandalas depending on the nature of divinity Central.

 Life of Buddha

Life of Buddha shows the stages of the life of Buddha from birth to death. He describes his life since its conception, childhood as a young prince from Kapilvastu in Nepal (Lumbini), who is his dissatisfaction with this life who came with his understanding of the inherent human suffering, has spent his time wandering as an ascetic, his ultimate attainment of enlightenment under a , and its attempts to educate his fellow humans.


  1. Hello and thank you for your work. I’d like to ask if it is ever customary to bless and to sign Thangkas. I am especially interested in the mandalas. I would also like to ask about the quality of the pigments. Namaste.

    1. Namaste Jill,

      Usually, the artist doesn’t sign paintings because it is spiritual painting. It comes from the visual of Rimpoche and lama. Sometimes the artist changes the composition and color but they don’t sign it as a sign of respect.

      About the pigments the quality is fine and the paintings are produced locally by using material like Cotton Fabric, Mineral Pigment, and Gold.

      The quality is always the best because we provide the Master quality paintings. Even sometimes the Image of the painting is done by the beginners we reproduce the same painting by Master Artist.

      We do have different varieties of mandalas.

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      If you have any question contact us using the contact form.

      Om Mani Padme Hum

      Thank you.

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Namaste! I am a Nepali Art Dealer specialized in Mandala and Thangka paintings. I love to write articles about the monastic culture of the Himalayas.

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