The manjeera is a traditional percussion instrument of Bhàrata India. In its simplest form, it is a pair of small hand cymbals. They often accompany folk or devotional music. It is used in various religious ceremonies of India, especially bhajans. The manjira is an ancient instrument. Pictures of it have been found in temples dating back to the earliest times. Manjira are usually made of bronze, brass, copper zinc or Bell metal and connected with a cotton cord which passes through holes in their center. They produce a rhythmic tinkling sound when struck together. The sound's pitch varies according to their size, weight and the material of their construction. A player can also adjust the timbre by varying the point of contact while playing.

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