An extremely rare nine prong bell and dorje set with iron handle and iron vajra -- Each set is made by a Tibetan family who have been making authentic bells and ritual items for more than 50 years. We have waited more than 18 months to have 10 bells made in this quality. As far as we are aware, this is the first time iron handled bell and vajra sets have been offered for sale in or outside of Asia in recent times.
Each iron handle and vajra are carved entirely by hand and this requires incredible skill as iron is notoriously difficult to work with. Since there are few who can successfully undertake this kind of workmanship, we are incredibly fortunate to be able to offer them here. This particular style is favoured by Nyingma practitioners as it has the traditional hole in the handle that represents the wisdom of emptiness. Iron has also been a sought after metal for ritual phurbas and vajras since ancient times and very precious pieces are believed to be made from meteoric iron. Iron has a unique feel and is often seen to have a more wrathful quality than other metals.
These bells display a protective vajra fence in between a double row of pearls. Above this are the traditional eight heads of the Kirtimukha, which also symbolise the Makara, a mythical crocodile-like creature from Indian mythology and protectors of the mandala. Each is holding a chain of jewels with vajras in between them. Above the Kirtimukha is a another row of vajras that symbolise the 16 emptinesses. Above this is an eight petalled lotus seat for the eight bodhisattvas and their consorts. They have a vibrant sustained tone of excellent quality!
Origin: Hand crafted in Dehradun, India
Size: The bells are approximately 20 cms high and the vajras are approximately 16 cms x 4.5 cms
Quality: 5 metal bronze alloy bell Each set comes with a protective bell case.
Each iron handle and iron vajra are hand carved and so please expect very slight differences between sets. All are finished to the same high standard.
Tip: Iron prefers to be kept in a dry environment. If you notice any rust appearing, simply use a toothbrush (used for this purpose only) to gently apply olive oil to the affected area and then remove any residue with a soft cloth until dry. For more stubborn areas we prefer to rub with wire wool as it works wonders. You can also reduce the chances of rust appearing by not placing items permanently inside a case or cover. We therefore recommend that you only use the case when you need to transport the bell and at all other times let your bell breathe = )