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Why do we ring bells? - Why do Hindus Ring Bells in their temples?

Every ritual & tradition of Hindu culture has a deep meaning in it. The things used during puja rituals play very important role in hea...

Hindus Ring Bells in their temples

Every ritual & tradition of Hindu culture has a deep meaning in it. The things used during puja rituals play very important role in healing the body, mind & soul. During your visit to temples & puja ceremonies you must have witnessed ringing bell.

In the ancient days, temples did not have any doors. So the priests rang bells to inform the people that they had to leave as it was time for the Lord to rest. Another belief is that in the olden times, people calculated time with the aid of the bells, rung at consecutive time intervals. In Skanda Purana, the ringing of bells assists in purifying a person's sins. Dharma Shastra states that millions of bells will ring when the world succumbs to destruction.

In temples, the priests ring bells while conducting a pooja, aarathi, yajna, lighting incense sticks, offering flowers, and bathing the deity.

There are different types of bells. They mainly include the Garuda bell, the handbell, and the Ghanta. Garuda bells are small and are used with one hand while conducting poojas, aarathis, and yajnas. Handbells are usually in the shape of a plate made up of brass. One can play these bells with the aid of a wooden instrument. Ghantas are big bells hung in temples, and their sounds resonate for several kilometres.

The Bell, known in Sanskrit as the Ghanta/Ghanti. The ringing of the bell produces what is regarded as an auspicious sound. It produces the sound Om, the universal name of the Lord. The fine combination of pure brass and bronze produces a harmonious and rich tonal sound the sound of the bell and the sound of the Vedas also radiate Omkaara naadh.

The moment we ring the bell, it produces a sharp and enduring sound that lasts for a minimum of 7 seconds in echo mode. The duration of the echo is good enough to activate all the seven healing centers in our body. This results in emptying our brain from all negative thoughts. This bell sound is also absorbed by the idol and vibrated within the Garbhagriha (inner sanctum) for a certain period of time.

Before you enter temple to awake you and prepare you for taste of awareness is the real reason behind temple bell. In other words “it helps to ring to wake yourself Up!” . To an extent Fragrant generators, Low light lamps all form Ecosystem to create awareness

The bell is said to be the spiritual seat of Gods & Goddesses. The body of the bell illustrates अनन्त which means infinity, while the tongue of the bell represents Goddesses Saraswati. The handle of the bell represents गरूड, नन्दी or चक्र & is considered to be the essential life energy known as प्राण शक्ति (vital force). The vibration of the bell cleanses the chakras & balances the energy flow in the body. The bell should be crafted with an alloy of पञ्च धातु (five metal) viz.copper, silver, gold, zinc & iron; as these five metals represent पञ्च महाभूत (the five great elements viz.पृथ्वी, जल, अग्नि, वायु & आकाश।).

Benefits of ringing bell:

1. The sharp sound that is produced by ringing bell activates the seven chakras in your body.
2. Creates harmony between the right & the left lobes of the brain, thus creating unity between them.
3. The sound retains the principle of Deities & drives away evil energies.
4. Removes all negative thoughts & negativity within the body.
5. The sound of ringing bell acts like a shock that helps us focus in the present.
6. The sound is soothing to the ears & calms down mind & soul, thus making us feel relaxed & rejuvenated.
7. Helps you connect to your inner self & be one with the Divine.

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