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Know your culture and tradition: Here’s the importance of ringing bells in temple!

Hinduism is a great religion and there is special reason behind doing each and every small thing, every rituals is associated with it. There is nothing like that which is done only because it is happening since ancient times. Not only psychological but there are also scientific reasons behind performing all traditions.

Performing prayers in the temples is an important aspect of Hinduism. It is believed that there is no other place to worship as sacred as the temple. In temples, one must have surely observed bell at the entrance of the temple and in special places. The bell is also an important part of the temple in many homes. But do you know what is the religious and scientific importance of putting and ringing the bell? Ever wondered why this is done for what reason and why do we play it?

The temple bell is not just ordinary metal but a scientific bell. It is made of various metals including cadmium, copper, nickel, chromium and Manganese. In which ratio each metal is mixed, this is the most important thing and the real science behind a bell. Every bell is created to produce such a distinctive sound that it synchronizes your left and right brain. When the person rings the bell, then the high sound produced from it lasts for at least seven consecutive seconds, touching the seven chakras of the human body.

It is believed that when you ring the bell, then your mind becomes empty from thoughts. And you enter in the state where you are more receptive and aware. Even it is considered that this is the only way to awaken your mind and thoughts, before you enter the temple.

Bell or Ghanta is an indispensable part in most Hindu Pujas. Bell is sounded before the actual puja and only then worship begins. There are 4 types of bells Garuda bell, The Garuda bell is small, which can be played with one hand, Door bell- It hangs at the door. It is both large and small, Hand bell-It is around and a concrete plate of brass, which is played with a wooden instrument, Ghanta- It is very big, at least 5 feet long and wide. After playing it, the sound goes for several kilometres. A bell is rung in a temple, mostly during the waving of light in front of the deity, while bathing the deity and while offering food. Devotees on entering the temple also hit the Ghanta hanged in front of sanctorum.

The most comprehensive assumption is that by ringing the bell god is invited to accept the worship and prayers of the devotee. Another belief is that by doing so, evil spirits does not come near you.

It is also believed that when the bell is played then there is a vibration in the atmosphere, which goes far enough due to the atmosphere. The advantage of this vibration is that all the bacteria, viruses and micro-organisms that are coming in its area are destroyed so that the surrounding environment becomes purified. Therefore, the atmosphere where the bell is rung, the environment always remains pure and sacred. It removes negative forces and opens doors to prosperity.

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

Even while performing rituals like Aarti, we ring the bell and the auspicious sound of the conch and other musical instruments are also played along with it. It has special significance too, that it removes the attention of the human from any other sounds.


Source : SanskritiMagazine

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