Sale of Pakhawaj Online. Buy a Pakhawaj. Pakhawaj is a barrel-shaped, two-headed drum, just like other percussion instruments. It is known as "Mother of North Indian Drums". It was used by Lord Krishna and hence holds a great religious signifficance. The pakhavaja has a low, mellow tone, very rich in harmonics. Set horizontally on a cushion in front of the drummer's crossed leg, the larger bass-skin is played with the left hand, the treble skin by the right hand.