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The mantra chanted while ringing the temple bell

Aagamaarthamtu devaanaam gamanaarthamtu rakshasaam,
Kurve ghantaaravam tatra devataahvaahna lakshanam

(I ring this bell indicating the invocation of divinity, so that virtuous and noble forces enter;
and the demonic and evil forces, from within and without, depart)

 

Ghanta or Temple Bells | Purnagiri

 Trivia on Significance of Temple Bells

“.….here is a scientific reason behind temple bell presence.  The bell is not made up of just an ordinary metal. It is made of various metals (panchaa dhaatu or asthaa dhaatu) like cadmium, lead, copper, silver, gold, brass, iron, zinc, nickel, chromium and manganese.

The proportion at which each one of them is mixed is the 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 centres or chakras in your body. The moment the bell sound happens your brain is emptied of all thoughts.  Invariably you enter the state of trance, a state where you are very receptive. …...”

 

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 محراب

The Mihrab, from inside and outside the main chamber of Humayun’s Tomb. Delhi, India

 

Mihrab, also known as a prayer niche, is a common element of Islamic Mosque architecture throughout the world.

The mihrab is symbolically cut over the jaali or marble lattice screen in Humayun’s Tomb, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In place of the traditional Surah An-Noor (Commandments) of Quran inscribed on the mihrabs, there is just an outline allowing light to enter from the Qibla or direction of the Mecca.

Mecca is the city in which the Prophet Muhammad was born, and the home of the most important Islamic site, the Kaaba. The direction of Mecca is called the Qibla, and so the wall in which the Mihrab is set is called the Qibla Wall.

 

  • mihrab in India will be to the west, while a one in Egypt will be to the east.
  • The origin of Mihrab is non religious. A special room (used for private worship) in the house was referred as mihrab
  • Mihrabs vary in size, are usually ornately decorated and designed to give the impression of an arched doorway or a passage to Mecca
  • The mihrab originated in the reign of the Umayyad prince al-Walīd I (705–715), during which time the famous mosques at Medina, Jerusalem, and Damascus were built

 

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