Bell by the Door watercolor and ink by Meera Rao
Ringing of the bells during Puja (worship) is an important ritual for Hindus whether at home or at temple. We ring the bell at the temple when we enter and then as we leave. A small hand held bell is rung when 'aarati' (or light) is shown to the murthy (idol of deity). The light flames and sound vibrations wake up the senses, clear the mind of distractions and help direct the attention to pray and meditate.
I love this particular ornate bell that graces the entrance of my brother's home. During my last visit in November, one afternoon I sat by the steps near the door and sketched it.