Centuries old ancient Bell weighing 800 kg repaired at Poovanur Sathuranganathar Temple in Tamil Nadu

Welding Research Institute (WRI) of the Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) recently repaired a centuries old ancient temple bell belong to the Poovanur Sathuranganathar Temple in Tamil Nadu. The bell weighs around 800 kg and was not in use for 70 years due to cracks on it.

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The bell weighs 800 kg
Thickness 80 mm
Height 750 mm
The crack on the bell was 350 mm long and 25 mm wide from the bottom because of continuous usage.
The Hindu reports 
Briefing about the complex repair welding process, Mr. Easwaran said: “The alloy bell which weighs about 800 kg is essentially made of brass with a thickness of 80 mm and a height of 750 mm and had developed a crack of 350 mm long and 25 mm wide from the bottom because of continuous usage. A special fixture and heating burner were developed and the bell was welded at a controlled temperature using special consumables and flux.” 
“The nadam of the bell reminds me of my childhood days when I heard this bell ringing. I had missed this for the last 70 years,” said S. Panchanatham, an 81-year-old Poovanur resident and the temple Pradosha Committee Chairman.