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