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It is often seen that people who worship gods at temple rung bells when they enter the temple.

These bells are hung generally near the idols or at the entrance of the temples. They are also rung while the devotees are performing Aarti.

Even at homes, people have small bells which they ring before they sit for puja (Act of worship)

So whats the reason behind ringing those bells?

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Oh God! look I came! –  hims056 Jul 2 at 11:06
    
@hims056 I think its much more than that :D I've heard that ringing those bells hardly helps spreading positive vibrations around and also keeps the demons away –  Mr. Alien Jul 2 at 11:07
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It is believed that deities remain manifest in mandirs in which bells (ghanta) are rung. In Hindu mandirs, bells are usually hung in the area or porch preceding the inner sanctum. Devotees ring them as an invocation to the deity to listen to their prãrthnã and be blessed.

There is an art and science of making bells to produce the requisite sounds. There are bells specially made to produce the long strains of the sound OM. The handle of a ghantadi signifies prãna – the vital force in the form of Hanumanji, Garud, Nandi or Chakra. During Garud sthãpanvidhi, the handle is offered pujan. A bell without a handle in one of these forms is forbidden in rituals, since it may augur misfortune. The body of the bell is said to represent the divinity of time (Ãgama-Kosha 1992 VI:99). (Source:kids.baps.org).

Here is a deep scientific analysis of the temple bells.

Bells are also used to inform people to gather for aarti too.

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For the same reason we chant hymns, sing Aartis etc. They are associated with music.

a typical bell

In Hinduism, music is considered a way of worship... In-fact, so much so, it is associated completely with worship.

A bell is just another musical instrument. It is used for worship because of this reason.

It also creates sounds which create a mythical environment. It can be experienced with day to day life. Go to a temple, hammer a bell, and you will feel more close to the temple, and in a more soothing, sacred world! They create positive vibrations as well.

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