The damaru is a sacred two sided drum that is considered an essential support for Tibetan ritual and for the offering of music in sadhana practice. Drums are typically made from Acacia (Sengdeng) or Sandalwood and have goat skins. They also have a long tail or banner known as a Chopen. Human skull damarus are also very sought after in the Himalayan regions, however, in recent years they have become more scarce.
The sound of the damaru is viewed as a symbol of emptiness or shunyata. The two drums joined together represents relative and ultimate Bodhicitta. The shape of the damaru has its roots in ancient India -- where one side of the drum is seen to represent the male energy or Lingam, and the other represents female creativity. The creation of the world thus begins when the lingam and yoni meet at the mid-point of the damaru.
We carry a selection of traditional damaru drums, a variety of hand crafted tails and brocade cases.