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The dollu is a percussion instrument originating from Karnataka, India. It is classified as a membranophone, and the head is made of either sheep or goat skin and is fit tightly to a frame made of honne or mango tree wood. The instrument is large and heavy, and when struck, makes a thunderous sound. Origins[edit] A story traces the origin of the Dollu
Dollu
to the divine couple Shiva
Shiva
and Parvathi. To pass time, Shiva
Shiva
and Parvathi
Parvathi
played games and laid a bet. Whichever one of them lost the bet was to leave Kailasa to live anonymously on Bhuloka(Earth). Shiva
Shiva
lost the bet and moved into a cave, taking the form of a stone. Mayamurthi, Shiva's ardent loyalist, guarded the cave. Over time Parvathi
Parvathi
became fed up of managing the universe and decided to send Vayu
Vayu
in search of Shiva, but it was in vain. Narada
Narada
located the cave, killed Mayamurthi and forced 'Shiva' to return to Kailasa. Shiva, unwilling to leave behind the dead body of his trusted and beloved guard, made a Dollu
Dollu
out of the dead body and carried it to Kailasa. For the reasons of its origins, the Dollu
Dollu
is a popular instrument among Shaivites. References[edit]

" Dollu
Dollu
Kunitha". Retrieved September 9, 2013.  " Dollu
Dollu
Kunita". Jaanapada Loka. Jaanapada Loka. Archived from the original on January 11, 2014. Retrieved September 9, 2013.  Casey (March 30, 2007). " Dollu
Dollu
Kunitha". The Past, Present and the Future. Retrieved September 9, 2013. 

See also[edit]

Dollu
Dollu
Kunitha Parvathi Shiva

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