Type: Membranophones> > Drums > Hourglass.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 211.3
Country: Many, India.
Region: South Asia.
Description: A damaru [in Tamil: உடுக்கை; in Sanskrit: ḍamaru; in Tibetan ཌ་མ་རུ; in Devanagari: डमरु ḍamaru] or damru is a small two-headed drum. It is used in Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism. It is used in both Hinduism & Buddhism.
In Hinduism, the damru is known as the instrument of Shiva. It is said to be created by Shiva to produce spiritual sounds by which the whole universe has been created and regulated. In Tibetan Buddhism, the damaru is used as an instrument in tantric practices.