Assembling a Ganjira for the Sravasti Abbey’s Buddha Hall
A large ganjira was recently put together, the main spire at the roof’s center, bringing the roof ornaments one step closer to their destination.
The Abbey hired highly skilled artisans from Chichhok Solukhumbu Handicraft in Nepal to make the roof decorations.
The three ganjira (spires), two deer, and a Dharma wheel were all crafted by hand using traditional methods.
Once the copper decorations were completed in Nepal, they were carefully placed into wooden boxes and sent to Spokane—a lengthy 7,000-mile journey.
The shapes of the pieces of the ganjira represent the five Buddha families.
A: A large lotus, the common seat for all Buddhas
C: Lotus, symbolizing the Buddha Amitabha
D: Vase, symbolizing the Buddha Akshobya
E: Wheel, symbolizing the Buddha Vairochana
F: Jewel, symbolizing the Buddha Ratnasambhava