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Why Do People Ring Bells on Temples?

By Nov. 26, 2014
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A bell hangs at the gate of many Hindu temples, which is rung at the moment one enters the temple. It is believed that by ringing bells in a temple, the gods in the form of statues wake up and the wishes of devotees are fulfilled sooner.

Bell is an indispensable part in most Hindu pujas. It is sounded before the actual puja and worship begins. A well-designed 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.

The bells in temples are played in a specific rhythm and pace. The sound made from a well-designed bell is uninterrupted, reverberating, deep and sonorous. It produces a sound which lasts for minimum of 7 seconds in echo mode. The duration of echo is good enough to activate all the 7 healing centres in our body and helps in emptying our brain from all negative thoughts.

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

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

The bell without a handle is considered inauspicious for doing pujas. Some people believe it brings misfortune.

According to the Skanda Purana, by ringing the bells in a temple, the sins of humans’ hundred lives are removed. Bells are believed to be the symbol of Kaal. According to Dharam Shastras, when the time of destruction will come, sound of millions of bells ringing will be generated.

The point is very few people are aware that hanging bells in a temple not just has spiritual, but also scientific reasons.

The scientific version for ringing of bells is that, the vibration created in the atmosphere can spread too far with the flow of winds and it can kill all the insects and particles coming across, and thus the atmosphere becomes clean and healthy.

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