gloliter On a lighter note..the bell has given it's name to one of the most known performance appraisal systems, the Bell Curve or the Gaussian curve is one such model. This model is based on law of averages or standard deviation. Picture a Bell shape on a graph paper; the peak of the curve is the performance of majority of the employee within an organization who will gravitate towards the ‘centre’ where as the tail accounts for the underachievers and top performers. Though now this system is increasingly being discarded by many organisations as it is not the perfect system to evaluate employees..With yearly appraisals round the corner..thought this would interest some of you..:) 1d

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gloliter In most cases, bells are found hung over the temple domes outside the sanctum. It is the general tradition to ring it before entering into the sanctum to inform God about his/her arrival. Various smaller types of bells are rung in front of God while performing regular puja and aarti. As bell is used for the worship of deities, bell itself is worshipped as well. 2d

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gloliter Temple Bells are made of various metals including cadmium, lead, copper, zinc, nickel, chromium and manganese. The proportion at which each one of them mixed is real science behind a bell. Each of these bells is made to produce such a distinct sound that it can create unity of your left and right brain. The moment you ring that bell, bell produces sharp but lasting sound which lasts for minimum of seven seconds in echo mode good enough to touch your seven healing centers or chakras in your body.

Bell or Ghanta is an indispensable part in most Hindu pujas. Ghanta is sounded before the actual puja and worship begins. A well-designed Ghanta or bell produce long strains of the sound ‘OM.’ A bell is rung in a Hindu temple, during the waving of light in front of the deity, while bathing the deity and while offering food. Hindu devotees on entering the temple also hit the ghanta hanged in front of the sanctum sanctorum.

The most widespread belief is that the ghanta is sounded to invite the deity to accept the worship and prayers. Another belief is that it is to drive away the evil forces.
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gloliter Bell has symbolic meaning in Hinduism. The curved body of the bell represents Ananta. The clapper or tongue of the bell represents Goddess Saraswati, who is goddess of wisdom and knowledge. The handle of the bell represents Prana Shakti - vital power and is symbolically linked to Hanuman, Garuda,Nandi (bull) or Sudarshana Chakra.

The hollow of the bell represents the void from which all phenomena arise, including the sound of the bell, and the clapper represents form. Together they symbolize wisdom (emptiness) and compassion (form or appearance). The sound, like all phenomena, arises, radiates forth and then dissolves back into emptiness.

In physical sense, bell ringing engages all senses and stimulates the inner ear. The moment bell rings, mind is disengaged from thoughts and becomes more receptive.
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gloliter Some time back I had done a road trip in the hill state of Uttarakhand..and found many temples across the state..with it's reigning deity and a story/significance woven around the existence of the temple.
I was also fascinated with the various shapes and sizes of the bells which abound the temples..I will be sharing a few of them in the days to come.. The sound of the bell is supposed to replicate the "fundamental sound", as believed by the Hindus, of the universe which is "OM". When the bell dongs, the sound originates and then slowly vanishes to the eternity.

It is supposed to symbolize and remind every devotee that the reality (prakriti) has three stages of evolution, "srishti", "sthiti" and "laya" meaning creation, preservation and destruction.
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