The damaru is a sacred two sided drum that is considered an essential support for Tibetan Buddhist ritual, such as being used for the offering of music in sadhana practice. Drums are typically made from wood like Acacia (Sengdeng) or Sandalwood and they usually have goat skins. They are accompanied by a long tail or banner known as a Chopen. Human skull damarus are also sought after in Tibet and the Himalayan regions, however, in recent years they have become more scarce and they are now rarely offered in the marketplace. Some of the more ornate drums are ornamented with silver or gold and they can also be mounted with gemstones.
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 the Yoni or 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 and a variety of hand crafted drum tails and brocade cases.