Why do we ring bell in Temple, Importance of Ghantanaad in Mandir

Why do we ring the bell in temple? What is the importance of Ghantanaad & Shankhanaad in Mandir? Here is a detailed reply for this question raised at Satsang of Art of Living. Let’s read in the words of Sri Sri Ravishankar Guruji….

Because there are so many thoughts wandering in your mind, with the sound of the bells you come into the present. Your thoughts come to a halt.

The drummers beat large drums, play the Naadaswaramshehnai, bells, and conch. All these sounds are made so that your mind becomes quieter.

bells in temple

bells in temple

Your mind is like a kid. When a kid is crying, you cry louder than the kid and the kid becomes quiet. Have you noticed that? In the same way, when there is so much noise in your mind and too many thoughts, they blow the conch, ring the bell and with all the sounds, the mind comes to the present moment.
With so much noise around, the mind cannot think. It cannot wander. So it is used as a technique.

All outside sounds suppress the sound of the mind for a little while. This short-term suppression should lead the mind to silence. Once it goes into the depths of meditation, all words feel burdensome. But when the mind is full of words, and you are troubled by too many thoughts, these sounds bring relief. Have you seen in the Buddhist monastery, there is a big gong? They ring the gong and that vibration will keep you silent. So, from sound to silence, the journey is very important.

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  1. The Bell ismade of various metals including cadmium, lead, copper, zinc, nickel, chromium and manganese.

    The proportion at which each one of them mixed is real science behind a bell.

    Each of these bells is made to produce such a distinct sound that it can create unity of your left and right brain.

    The moment you ring that bell, bell produces sharp but lasting sound which lasts for minimum of seven seconds in echo mode good enough to touch your seven healing centers or CHAKRAS in your body.

  2. 1.It signifies you announcing your arrival to the Deity.

    2.To spread the sound of AUM, which is generated out of the bell when you ring the bell.

    3. As you told in your question “for concentrating our mind on GOD and leave our worries and for a while”

  3. Yaksha, Rakshasa, Paisasa and Brahmarakshasah like evil spirits go out of the temple when they hear the ringing of temple bell.

  4. (ii) “Uthsatanam pisasatheh preenanam sahareh param
    sannithana mamarthyanam ghantaayachalanath baveth”

    The bell is used to give sound for keeping evil forces away. The ringing of bell is pleasant to God. Also beneficial Devatas are attracted by this sound.

  5. According to Agama Sastra the bell ringing in temples is to ward off evil spirits.

    “Ghantaayam tadayeth kim prayochanam”?

    “yaksha rakshasa paisasa tanava brahmarakshasah gacchanthi mani sapthah”

  6. The resonating sound of the Bell help in creating positiveness. Also sound of trumpet help to fight for a resounding victory.

    The soulfull tinkle of Bell tries to help a lost cow. The bells in the foot (ghungroo) help to create concentration towards the act. The round Bells in a Buddhist temple help in concentrating in the Prayers.

    All forms of meditation in ‘Bhakti Yog’ need ‘Yantra’ (instument), ‘Tantra’ (process) and ‘Mantra’ (prayers).

    This is real worship …. add a Form of Idol also in a Temple, Church or Mosque (Mazaar). Then see the level of concentration. Experience is the best Teacher.