In most western sacred spaces such as churches visitors and members are required to show their reverence by remaining silent. However, in Indian Temples one will see everyone from the smallest babies being held by their families to frail elders and of course the healthy and robust visitor, Ringing the Temple bells loudly, maybe even several times….so imagine during a procession of a family of large or small numbers to pilgrimages with hundreds the constant bell ringing. Why is this done? Well, some say it sends a message stating that “I am here and ready to receive the benefits.” My Facebook friend Narasimha Swamy shared the science behind the ringing of temple bells………….
“Most of the old temples have large bells at the entrance of the temple and you need to ring them before you enter the temple. Temple bells have a scientific phenomena; it is not just your ordinary metal. It is made of various metals including: cadmium, lead, copper, zinc, nickel, chromium, and manganese. The proportion at which each one of them are mixed is a real science behind the bell. Each of these bells is made to produce such a distinct sound that it can create unity for your left and right brain. The moment the bell is sounded, it produces a sharp but lasting sound which lasts for a minimum of seven seconds in an echo mode good enough to touch your seven healing centers or chakras in your body. Also while ringing the bell the sound helps your brain to empty all thoughts. Invariably you will enter the state where you are very receptive. This state allows you to be ONE with Awareness. Your mind is often so pre-occupied that the only way to awaken it is with a shock of some sort. The Bell ringing works as an anti-dote for the brain/mind. Before one enters the temple do ring the Bell to awaken and prepare for a taste of Divine Awareness, this is the scientific reasoning behind the ancient tradition of Ringing Temple Bells….next time don’t miss your chance to wake up and be Blessed! Thanks again to Narasimha Swamy for sharing this valuable explanation. Namaskaram OM