Thangka paintings originated in Tibet. The concept of Thangka paintings evolved between the 7th and 12th century. Thangka paintings are painted or embroidered paintings made on a flat surface. These paintings are hung in monasteries or family altars and also used in ceremonial processions.
The paintings were rolled up and carried by monks traveling to different monasteries. The Thangka paintings depict images of deities, and other illustrations based on religious themes. These serve as a medium to educate people about the life and teachings of Buddha. These spiritual images are used to offer prayers, make petitions and seek blessings during religious ceremonies. These paintings help in meditating upon and imitating the divine qualities of Buddha, and act as a tool to guide on the path to enlightenment.