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This vaishnava devotee from Sri Chaitanya Mission in Vrindavan is playing a percussion instrument called "Khol"

this instrument is made of clay or brass with skins of naturally died cows, and like the famous "tabla", it makes two sounds, a lower one who resembles the bass of the western music, and a high pitched note, with a well identified tune..

it is very famous also in the west because the "Hare Krishnas" (Sri Gaudya Sampradaya) play it in their parades (Harinama Samkirtana).. and it is said that in this era Krishna, the Supreme Lord ("incarnated" in Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu) plays it instead of the flute because while He plays He can chant :

Hare Krishna
Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna
Hare Hare
Hare Rama
Hare Rama
Rama Rama
Hare Hare

things that obviously He cannot do while playing flute (i remember that for the vedic culture the creation starts from the vibrations coming from Sri Krishna's flute)

so it is considered a sacred instrument, it is not generally put on the nude ground or in dirty places, and it is homaged with a mantra before playing it..

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