In Hinduism, every ritual and tradition has a deeper meaning. Some of the articles or items used in puja have a healing effect on the mind, body, and soul. During puja, we hear a sound that represents om (the creation of the Universe). Have you ever wondered why the puja bell is rung?
Ghanta, or ghanti in Sanskrit, is an essential component of Hindu pujas. Before worshiping the deities in temples, we usually ring the bell to wake or invoke God or Goddesses. Ringing the bell creates the divine sound of OM, which sends positive waves and vibrations throughout the space. The bell plays an important role in Puja ceremonies such as idol bathing before beginning puja, aarthi while waving the Diya, and religious offerings to the deities. The body of the bell represents infinity, which is known as Anantha in Sanskrit. While the bell’s tongue represents Goddess Saraswathi. The handle of the bell represents Hanuman, and Garuda Nandi is thought to be the vital life energy Prana Shakthi.
In one of the ancient scriptures, they briefed the prominence of bell in Agama Shastram
- Aagamaarthamtu devaanaam
- gamanaarthamtu rakshasaam
- Kurve ghantaaravam tatra
- devataahvaahna lakshanam”
According to Skandpuran, ringing temple bells can wash away a man’s sins from this life and all previous lives.
- The sound of the bell activates the seven chakras.
- The left and right lobes of the brain are activated, and they become one.
- It clears the mind of all negative thoughts.
- Assists you in connecting with your inner Guru and becoming one with the Divine.
- The sound soothes the ears and soothes the mind and soul. This makes us feel refreshed and relaxed.
- It is made from various metals that each have their own healing properties.
The sound of the bell has healing properties that allow one to escape from worldly chaos, enter a trance, and become one with the Divine. Following age-old rituals with scientific and spiritual benefits is essential. The next time you hear the sound of the bell, don’t be afraid to captivate the significance and benefits of the bell and pass this information on to future generations.