Why Do We Ring The Temple Bell?

The Bell, known in Sanskrit as the Ghanta/Ghanti is used in all poojas for invoking the Gods. The ringing of the bell produces what is regarded as an auspicious sound. It produces the sound of “OM” the Universal name of the Lord. Most Mantraas (prayers) and vedic chants start with OM.  All auspicious actions begin with OM. It fills the mind with peace, makes it focussed and replete with subtle sounds. The ringing of the bell drowns any irrelevant or inauspicious sound, and pervades the whole atmosphere.This reminds us of all pervasive nature of the supreme (Sarva-vyaapi).