Cymbal tibetan musical instruments often used in pairs, cymbals consist of thin, normally round plates of various alloys. Basically manjira is played in the aarti of Indian Gods & Goddesses for devotional music. Hand cymbal or manjira is a traditional hand percussion instrument of India. It is also known as manjeera, tala, jalra, khartal or kartal. Manjira has a significant importance in Indian folk music.