I stay next to a Hindu temple dedicated to goddess Kali. On its rooftop, there is a gigantic bell. The bell is rang every morning at 8am, at noon time and around 6pm. Each session lasting a good 12 minutes. Is there a good reason for such loud and long lasting chime? I need to know the background behind the din because it affects the tranquility of my neighborhood and I wanted to talk to the temple people to seek a peaceful resolution.

  • In which city is the temple located?
    – The Destroyer
    Nov 5, 2017 at 8:01
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    So the question is - Why ringing lasts longer? It has nothing to do with Hinduism. Nov 5, 2017 at 8:29
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    Just focus on the sound and vibration of the bell without any negative feelings for those twelve minutes. If you still get irritated you may have a chat with the priest and even if that does not work cotton wool for your ears might help. If you decide to stay near any temple this is something you have to deal with. It is always recommended to build temples with enough free space outside, but in this day and age nobody follows any rules.
    – Rama27
    Nov 5, 2017 at 9:57
  • Where do you live? There are no such rules for Hindu temples afaik.
    – Rickross
    Nov 5, 2017 at 14:11
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    They ring it to remind you to think about God. Nov 5, 2017 at 19:22

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The supreme Goddess rings the bell to drive away the asuras and other inauspicious entities. There are many references to that in Sri Sri Chandi.

With thy spear protect us, O goddess! Protect us with thy sword also, O Ambikā! By the clanging of thy bell protect us, and by the twanging of the thong of thy bow! - Sri Sri Chandi 4.23

After issuing these commands Śumbha, the lord of the Asuras, who ruled with fear, went forth, attended by many thousands of great soldiers. Caṇḍikā, seeing that most terrible army at hand, filled the space between the earth and the firmament with the twanging of her bow-string. Thereon her lion roared exceedingly loud, O king; and Ambika augmented those roars with the clanging of her bell. - Sri Sri Chandi, Chapter 8

Beholding him approaching, the goddess sounded her conch, and made her bow also give forth from its string a note which was exceedingly hard to endure. And she filled all regions with the clanging of her bell, which caused the vigour of all the Daitya hosts to die away. - Sri Sri Chandi, Chapter 9

Then the goddess with her trident, her club, with showers of spears, and with her sword and other weapons slaughtered the great Asuras in hundreds, and laid others low who were bewitched with the ringing of her bell; - Sri Sri Chandi, Chapter 2

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