bell used in Hindu rituals. The same term is also used to describeBuddhist bells. A clapper is attached to the inside and the bell makes a high-pitched sound when rung. The top of the bell handle is usually adorned with a brass figure. Because the ghanti is believed to chase away asuras and summon theDevas (Gods), it is used in a lot of Hindu rituals such as puja. Generally the ghanti is held in the left hand during worship and rung continually while the various items are offered with the right hand.