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Why do Hindus ring the bell in temple

Why do Hindus ring the bell in temple



A Temple bell is another scientific phenomena; it is not just your ordinary metal. It is made of various metals including cadmium, lead, copper, zinc, nickel, chromium and manganese. The proportion at which each one of them mixed is real science behind a bell. Each of these bells is made to produce such a distinct sound that it can create unity of your left and right brain. The moment you ring that bell, bell produces sharp but lasting sound which lasts for minimum of seven seconds in echo mode good enough to touch your seven healing centers or chakras in your body.

The moment bell sound happens your brain is emptied of all thoughts. Invariably you will enter state of Trance state where you are very receptive. This Trance state is the one with awareness. You are so occupied in mind that only way to awaken you is with a Shock! And trust me Bell works as Anti-dote to your mind.

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.

Bell or Ghanta is an indispensable part in most Hindu pujas. Ghanta is sounded before the actual puja and worship begins. A well-designed Ghanta or bell produce long strains of the sound ‘OM.’ A bell is rung in a Hindu temple, during the waving of light in front of the deity, while bathing the deity and while offering food. Hindu devotees on entering the temple also hit the ghanta hanged in front of the sanctum sanctorum.




The most widespread belief is that the ghanta is sounded to invite the deity to accept the worship and prayers. Another belief is that it is to drive away the evil forces.

The sound made from a well-designed Ghanta is uninterrupted, reverberating, deep and sonorous.

Symbolically, the body of the bell represents time – Ananta. The tongue of the bell symbolically represents Goddess Saraswathi. The handle of the Ghanta is considered to be the vital principle (Prana Shakti) and symbolically represents Hanuman, Garuda, Nandi or Chakra.

Even while doing the ritualistic aarati, we ring the bell. It is sometimes accompanied by the auspicious sounds of the conch and other musical instruments. An added significance of ringing the bell, conch and other instruments is that they help drown any inauspicious or irrelevant noises and comments that might disturb or distract the worshippers in their devotional ardour, concentration and inner peace.

As we start the daily ritualistic worship (pooja) we ring the bell, chanting:

Aagamaarthamtu devaanaam
gamanaarthamtu rakshasaam
Kurve ghantaaravam tatra
devataahvaahna lakshanam

Translation: I ring this bell indicating the invocation of divinity, So that virtuous and noble forces enter (my home and heart); and the demonic and evil forces from within and without, depart.

~ Taral

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10 Responses to "Why do Hindus ring the bell in temple"

  1. gandaki dasi  June 19, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Thank you kindly for sharing this very nice information, I must admit I have really learnt a lot from SANSKRITI.

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  2. Dr.Arun Kumar  July 4, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    This is a very good initiative taken by your whole team to explain Hinduism in such a good way ,which i think was very very neccessary. Time has come that we should know our roots ,understand the real purposes behind our rituals.Then only we will be able to make other people also understand that Hinduism is not a religion but “A PHYLOSOPHICAL WAY OF LIFE “.

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  4. pooran Jangir  February 8, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Excellent, definitely our Rishi had made this after a long time ‘tapshya’. We must express gratitude.

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  5. Ajay Raulji  May 18, 2015 at 2:48 am

    Hinduism is full of the Science.

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  6. Ram Rattan  June 27, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Hari Om JI !!!!

    Well presented. The mantra says it all. I have learnt this from Sant Keshavadas who is no more. However, not many purohits chant it. Brings back memories!!

    Best wishes!!

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  7. Rajesh  December 27, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    I appreciate your works for bringing out a lot of things which have not been mostly communicated to Hindus so far.

    It would also be even better if proof is given for some of these claims like: “unity of your left or right brain”. Not to doubt you or anything, but to spread these messages.

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  8. psnaidu  December 27, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    Hinduism is based on scientific living.

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  9. Sagar  December 28, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Sanskriti Magazine has done an extraordinary work….A big Thank You to the guys working behind his….

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  10. Arun  July 29, 2016 at 2:42 am

    I am getting refined from the day I started reading sanskriti magazine. Always be my chaperone.

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