Sacred chanting and the instrumental music of Buddhist worship

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The recitation or chanting of mantras and playing instrumental music are a kind of worship followed centuries by Buddhist monks.  Featured here are the red-draped monks chanting their prayers followed by music created using various instruments at Tibetan Monastery, Bylakkuppe in Karnataka.

Some of the famous instruments of Buddhist religious worship are drilbu (a hand-bell, held in the left hand) damaru (a hand-drum, made from wood, shaped like an hour-glass and played with the hand-bell by the same player) rolmo (a kind of cymbals with broad central bosses, held one above the other and struck by vertical movement) silnyen (cymbals with small or no central bosses, struck by horizontal movement) rgna (drum supported on a pole or suspended in a frame, and struck with a crooked stick).

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