Ghanta is the Sanskrit term for a ritual bell used in Hinduistic religious practices. The ringing of the bell produces what is regarded as an auspicious sound. Hindu temples generally have one metal bell hanging at the entrance and devotees ring the bell while entering the temple which is an essential part in preparation of having a darshan
In Hinduism, the mantra chanted while ringing the bell is
Aagamaarthamtu devaanaam gamanaarthamtu rakshasaam, Kurve ghantaaravam tatra devataahvaahna lakshanam
I ring this bell indicating the invocation of divinity, so that virtuous and noble forces enter; and the demonic and evil forces, from within and without, depart.
The sound made by ringing the bell is supposed to keep away evil thus banishing negative thoughts from the mind and preparing it for worship. Temple bells are made using a combination of different metals, which when rung, produce just the right sound to unite the left and right brains. This results in the sound reverberating in the brain creating an echo that activates all seven chakras of the body. Devotees also like to believe it is a sound akin to the universal sound Aum, which is pleasing to the Gods.
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