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Ghanta - Bells In Hinduism – The Symbolism

Ghanta, or Bells, in Hinduism symbolizes nadabrahmam or the absolute being conceived as sound. It reverberates the sound of ‘om.’It is symbolically the preparation of the mind to receive holy thoughts and drive away bad thoughts.

Goddess Saraswati resides in the tongue of the bell.

Brahma on the face; Rudra on the belly, and Vasuki on the stem. The handle of bell denotes pranashakti (vital force) and is represented by Garuda, Chakra, Hanuman, Nandi or Vrishabha.

The entire body of the bell signifies the divinity of time.

It is also believed that using bells carrying the insignia of Gods and Goddesses mitigates fear about birth and death.

The bell is to awaken the devotee who is entering the temple. The mind of the devotee is preoccupied with numerous thoughts. So just before entering the temple we ring the bell to keep the mind focused on the deity.

The ringing of bells is an invitation to gods and the resonance produce is believed to drive away negative forces or demons.

The bell is also considered to be one of the eight auspicious symbols or signs (ashtamangalas) in Hinduism.