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The Tibetan damaru is a sacred two sided drum that is considered an essential aid in Vajrayana ritual practice. Drums are normally made from wood and typically have goat skins. 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 drums, tails and cases that are all hand crafted.
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Superior Traditional Damaru - Bhutanese Skins
Superior Traditional Damaru - Bhutanese Cloud Skins - Three Sizes to Choose from

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A ritual damaru that is designed for practitioners who are serious about using the most authentic instruments. Our Bhutanese quality damarus are in essence the same as a Tibetan or Nepalese damaru, however, the quality of craftmanship far exceeds what is currently in production in Nepal or elsewhere.


What makes these pieces so different?
  • The playability and tonality is superior!
  • Created using accurate and traditional centuries old methods.
  • Bhutanese Sengdeng (Acacia) wood is used and not cheaper woods that are seen on other drums coming out of Nepal and India.
  • Only natural unpainted Bhutanese skins are used. The skins are buried in the ground with copper and other precious substances. This process can take many weeks to complete. As a result of this, the skins turn a beautiful cloudy green. This process greatly increases the longevity of the skins and also empowers them for years of ritual use. It also gives each drum its own unique character. You can have confidence that no toxic green paint is used on our drums.
  • Each damaru is slightly larger than other drums in the marketplace, however, they still remain very lightweight. This makes them much more comfortable to use and play.
  • The skins will maintain their tightness, unlike many other damaru skins in the marketplace.
  • On the inside of the drum accurate mantras are applied, this empowers the drum to be used in ritual practice.
  • Each drum has a suede or leather handle which helps give comfortable support when playing for long periods.
  • Includes a layered brocade chöpen or damaru tail with added beads.
  • Includes a very fine brocade carrying case which helps protect the drum when not in use.
DAMARU DRUM - DARK WOOD
FINE DAMARU - DARK SENGDENG WOOD (Himalayan Acacia)
Our Price: £65.00

A slightly larger than normal dark acacia wood damaru drum -- finished to a very high standard with silk brocade tail and brocade protective case. The Sengdeng wood has been stained darker to give the appearance of red sandalwood. These are the best drums currently being made by Nepalese craftsman.

Hand crafted in Nepal.
height approx 5 inches
width approx 4.25 inches

Colour of brocade drum case may vary between drums.
DAMARU - SENGDENG WOOD
FINE DAMARU - NATURAL SENGDENG WOOD
Our Price: £65.00

A fine larger size damaru. Finished to a high standard and crafted from Nepalese Sengdeng Wood.

Comes complete with brocade tail and brocade protective case.
height approx 5 inches
width approx 4.25 inches
Hand crafted in Nepal.
DAMARU - hardwood - Standard Quality
DAMARU - Nepalese hardwood - Standard Quality
Our Price: £30.00

A double-sided hand-held drum used for ritual music offerings. Held and played by the right hand, the damaru is thought to proclaim the sound of shunyata or emptiness. This is the most affordable drum in our range.

Origin: Nepal
approx 11.5 cms x 9.5 cms x 6 cms) and brocade tail.
Himalayan hardwood drum with brocade tail and case.
Superior Traditional Damaru - Bhutanese Skins
Superior Traditional Damaru - Bhutanese Cloud Skins - Dark Finish

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A ritual damaru that is designed for practitioners who are serious about using the most authentic instruments. Our Bhutanese quality damarus are in essence the same as a Tibetan or Nepalese damaru, however, the quality of craftmanship far exceeds what is currently in production in Nepal or elsewhere.


What makes these pieces so different?
  • The playability and tonality is superior!
  • Created using accurate and traditional centuries old methods.
  • Bhutanese Sengdeng (Acacia) wood is used and not cheaper woods that are seen on other drums coming out of Nepal and India. The wood has been stained darker to give the appearance of red sandalwood.
  • Only natural unpainted Bhutanese skins are used. The skins are buried in the ground with copper and other precious substances. This process can take many weeks to complete. As a result of this, the skins turn a beautiful cloudy green. This process greatly increases the longevity of the skins and also empowers them for years of ritual use. It also gives each drum its own unique character. You can have confidence that no toxic green paint is used on our drums.
  • Each damaru is slightly larger than other drums in the marketplace, however, they still remain very lightweight. This makes them much more comfortable to use and play.
  • The skins will maintain their tightness, unlike many other damaru skins in the marketplace.
  • On the inside of the drum accurate mantras are applied, this empowers the drum to be used in ritual practice.
  • Each drum has a suede or leather handle which helps give comfortable support when playing for long periods.
  • Includes a layered brocade chöpen or damaru tail.
  • Includes a very fine brocade carrying case which helps protect the drum when not in use.
Origin of materials: Bhutanese Sengdeng Wood and Natural Bhutanese skins
length approx 6 inches
width approx 5.5 inches
depth approx 3.25 inches

Each drum is hand made and therefore unique, so please expect variations in the colour and grain of the wood. The colour of the brocade damaru tail and carrying case may also vary between drums. However, all are finished to the same high standard and quality of materials.
AUSPICIOUS SYMBOL DAMARU TAIL
AUSPICIOUS SYMBOL DAMARU TAIL - FINE QUALITY
Our Price: £29.95

A gorgeous green tail that has been hand embroidered with auspicious symbols.

length with tassles approx 17 inches
DAMARU TAIL - FINE QUALITY
Our Price: £49.95

A gorgeous orange tail that has been hand embroidered with auspicious symbols. Suitable for all types of damaru.
DAMARU TAIL - FINE QUALITY
Our Price: £39.95

A gorgeous blue tail that has been hand embroidered with auspicious symbols.
EMBROIDERED DAMARU TAIL
EMBROIDERED DAMARU TAIL
Our Price: £39.95

A lovely hand embroidered damaru tail with Auspicious Symbols. Suitable for all types of damaru.
DAMARU TAIL - SILK BROCADE
DAMARU TAIL - SILK BROCADE
Our Price: £19.95

A fine silk brocade damaru tail. Suitable for all types of damaru.
STANDARD DAMARU TAIL
STANDARD DAMARU TAIL
Our Price: £8.95

Brocade damaru tail with tassles. Suitable for all types of damaru.

length including tassle approx 17 inches
Fine Brocade Damaru Case
Fine Brocade Damaru Case
Our Price: £22.95

A fine damaru case, finished to a high standard with rich brocade.

length of case approx 5.34 inches
width of case at widest point approx 4.3 inches
depth of case approx 3 inches