Many people who are new to singing bowl consider there are only one type of singing bowl and all the singing bowl are same, but in fact there are multiple types of singing bowl. Some researchers have found almost 50 different types of Himalayas singing bowls. But there are only 9 basics kinds of singing bowl available in market today. To name, they are Jambati, Thadobati, Manipuri, Mani, Lingam, Pedestal/Naga, Trapezoid, and Ultabati singing bowl. Few of these singing bowls are very easily found in market but few are too hard to find. Each of these bowls have their own unique appearance and produces unique sound. Here we have explained the basics singing bowls found in Nepal today.
Jambati singing bowl are the heaviest and in some cases largest singing bowl. These singing bowls have quite high and graceful curved walls with a flat bottom. The lip of the singing bowls might vary. Some bowls have inward-facing lip that may be plain or grooved. In some bowls the lip is merely the sheared top of the wall, and does not turn inward. There are classical etching lines on Jambati bowls below the rim on the outside and circular markings inside at the bottom. These hand-beaten bowls have attractive hand hammer markings arising from the forging process. They are particularly visible on the outside of the bowl where they subtly reflect the light. High quality bowls tend to have smaller hammer marks, and sometimes an incised (not dot punched) inscription in the form of a mantra, name or dedication. Jambati singing bowls are mostly used in healing therapies, chakra balancing, sound bathing and meditations.