It appears at the top of two different thangkas in a gompa, one representing Sakyamuni and another one with Vajrasattva in yab yum, and I am unable to find what it means.please help me clarify what mantra is that?

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  • I had no luck trying to identify this with OCR, but the second and fourth character on the bottom row (from the left) look like Punjabi, not Tibetan.
    – Zac Anger
    Commented Apr 30, 2023 at 17:52

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This is Lantsa script.

The top character is hrīḥ

The mantra reads: oṃ ma ṇi pa dme hūṃ

i.e. oṃ maṇipadme hūm the mantra of Avalokiteśavara. Note that contra popular opinion, maṇīpadme is one word. And the -e ending is a Prakrit nominative singular, not a Sanskrit locative singular or whatever.

For more on this mantra see: https://www.visiblemantra.org/avalokitesvara.html

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