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Why do we ring bells in the temple?



In Hinduism, every article used during any puja or ritual is said to have certain significance. This holds true to the spiritual bell used in temples and homes. This bell is known as a Ghanta. The ringing of the bell produces an auspicious sound. Hindu temples have at least one metal bell hanging at the entrance and devotees ring the bell while entering the temple, which is an essential part of Darshan.

A bell is also rung by priests during Puja, Yagna, aarti, lighting incense stick in front of the deity, while bathing the deity and while offering food or flowers. These bells are specially made to produce the long strains of the divine sound Om, which produces positivity.

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Bells have symbolic meaning in Hinduism. It is said to be the spiritual seat of Gods and Goddess. The curved body of the bell represents Ananta. The clapper or tongue of the bell represents Saraswati, who is the goddess of wisdom and knowledge. The handle of the bell represents Prana Shakti, vital power and is symbolically linked to Hanuman, Garuda, Nandi, and Sudarshana Chakra.

In Hinduism, bells are generally hung at the temple dome in front of the Garbhagriha. Generally, devotees ring the bell while entering into the sanctum. It is said that by ringing the bell, the devotee informs the deity of his/her arrival.

The sound of the bell is considered auspicious, which welcomes divinity and dispels evil. The sound of the bell is said to disengage the mind from ongoing thoughts, thus making it more receptive. Ringing bell during prayer is said to help in controlling the ever-wandering mind and focusing on the deity.

The significance of ringing the bell is mentioned in the verse of ancient scriptures of Aagma Shastra.

The verse states:

Aagamaarthamtu Devaanaam Gamanaarthamtu Rakshasaam, Kurve Ghantaaravam Tatra Devataahvaahna Lakshanam

It means “I ring this bell indicating the invocation of divinity so that virtuous and noble forces enter; and the demonic and evil forces, from within and without, depart”.

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a) The sound of a bell activates the seven chakras in the human body.
b) It creates harmony between the left and the right brain.
c) The sound retains the principle of deities and drives away evil energies.
d) The sound makes the mind and soul calm and rejuvenates the human body.
e) It removes negative thoughts.
f) It brings back one’s wandering thoughts back into the present and helps to focus.
g) The sound of the bells has a profound healing power that helps one to combat the worldly chaos and get into a state of trance. It helps one to be with the Divine.
h) To unveil more such knowledge about puja articles and their significance, you can call Your Personal astrologer anytime.

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