Dharmapala Thangka CentreTibetan Antiques

Tibetan Bell 'Ghanta'

1 2 3 4 5 6 Ghanta with closed prongs

The Bell [Sanskrit: 'Ghanta', Tibetan: 'Drilbu'] is used in Buddhist and Hinduistic religious practices. The ringing of the bell produces what is regarded as an auspicious sound.

The bell symbolized the wisdom of the void, the female organ and the clear light.

With regard to the prongs of the bell there are two different types: "Open" and "Closed".

Suitable for all pujas and most common is the the closed version- see last detail photo. Bells with "open prongs" [like this one] are much rarer and may only be used by qualified teachers for pujas with wrathful deities.

Ghantas are mostly used in Buddhist ceremonies together with Vajras / Dorjes.

The vajra is a male symbol and represents compassion, while the bell represents 'prajna' [wisdom]. Holding the vajra and the bell in separate hands symbolises the union of the forces of compassion and wisdom.

The Age has left only a few traces on the surface of the bell. There are no cracks, major scratches or other damages. The sound has also remained unchanged.

Unusual is the open lower side of the Ghanta. When viewed from the side, one has the impression as if they were two bells placed one inside the other.

Measurements: 10.4 x 3.9" | 26.5 x 10 cm
Price: 277 $ | 255 €
Shipment: Parcel Service from Germany
Material: Bronce
High resolution: Display [0.6 MB, 1520 x 3762 px.]
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