The damaru has very strong cultural associations in both Buddhism and Hinduism.
In Hindu religion the damaru is known as the instrument of the deity Shiva and is said to be created by Shiva to produce spiritual sounds by which the whole universe has been created and regulated.
In Buddhism damaru is used for different ritual ceremony.
The damaru is played single handedly. The strikers are typically beads fastened to the ends of leather cords around the waist of the damaru.
As the player waves the drum using a twisting wrist motion, the strikers beat on the drumhead.
Played slowly, and methodically, the droning of the damaru accompanies the haunting melodies and chants of the Chod ritual, as of which are accompaniments for the inner meditations and visualizations that are at the Heart of this spiritual practice.
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