Sari and Song Garland
The sounding of a bell is a signal that informs us of something; the start or end of mass or class, an emergency, a wake-up call or, in the case of the old town crier, to grab attention before making an announcement.
In Buddhism, the resonance of a bell signifies ‘pure wisdom’ because the sound is one of perfect harmony and clarity.
The Hindu Goddess, Saraswati, the bringer of knowledge and wisdom, is associated with the bell. The reverberation of the bell is used to help worshippers disengage the mind so that it becomes receptive.
In some cultures, bells are used to ward off evil and bells should be hung at each entrance to keep evil and bad luck from the home.
Any spiritual significance of the bell comes from the hearer of the bell, rather than the bell itself. A bell rung on Sunday morning may call one to prayer while for another it simply denotes the time of day. Still another may simply hear it as music to be enjoyed.