Karatalas (Sanskrit: करताळं, IAST: Karatāḷaṁ), pronounced "karataala", are a percussion instrument played by striking two discs attached by a tether together, often used within the traditions of Hinduism to accompany kirtana or sankirtan (the glorification of a deity or God through speech or song). They are commonly used by Hare Krishna devotees when performing Harinam.
In Telugu language, the word Karatāḷa Dhvani is most commonly used for sound produced from clapping hands. 1
Although often confused with Zils or Finger Cymbals, Karatalas bear more similarities to crotal or bells, being of a heavier construction and producing a purer tone.