We find all Hindu temples having metal bells at the entrance or inside the temple. We usually ring these bells before entering the temple and at the time of Puja or aarti. Do you know the reason behind these bell ringings? Let’s find out the facts both scientifically and spiritually.
In ancient times most Hindu temples never used to have doors. So animals, birds or sometimes homeless poor persons used to stay in the temple for shelter at night. The metals bells then were struck to indicate these people to leave the temple, as God may be wanting to go to bed. In ancient ages; people used to start their day by hearing temple bells and also took their dinner after the bells were rung. Some also believed that people used to calculate time depending on the ringing of the bells.
The bells are commonly called “Ghanta”, derived from Sanskrit. The temple bells are made specifically by five metals (copper, silver, gold, brass and iron). This represents ‘Panch Mahabhoota: earth, air, sky, water, fire’. They are created to have specific long strained sound waves of “OM”. It helps evil spirits to get away from inside and around your surroundings. The echo of these ringing bells awake our inner spirit and clean our mind from negative thoughts, and helps to concentrate only on your deity. The sounds of the temple bells lasts minimum for seven seconds that touches seven healing centers or chakras of our body. Many believe that the bells ring to attain God’s attention and to accept our donations and fulfill our wishes. The ringing bells also maintain the spiritual atmosphere of temples and help to increase faith and belief.
The sound which comes from the ringing bells unites the left and right brain. That makes us confident and alert as well. It also clears our thoughts and calms our mind, hence enabling several good qualities like self-belief, strength, kindness and devotion. It is proven scientifically that the ringing bells of temples keep our aggression down and make us gentle. The sweet sound of ringing bells in religious places works as an antidote to our mind.
Some say that religious practices are vague and a waste of time. But, before reaching to any conclusion let’s first do the research well. Try to always understand the scientific relevance behind any ritual before considering or rejecting it.