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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).

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What does "The body of the bell is said to represent the divinity of time" mean?

  • It could mean that the bell is designed in such a way that all the vibrations stay inside (resonance) the body of the bell (for a long period) akin to all cosmic vibrations happening within the purview of Time – Amit Saxena May 5 '16 at 10:02

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