The bell makes an enlightening and rich sound which incorporates Aum in it. Aum is the basis of all sounds or notes. A bell is rung with the desire indicating the invocation of divinity so that virtuous and noble forces enter and the demonic and evil forces from within depart Nandi, bull is the vahana of lord Shiva. Every Shaivite temple has the figure of a white humped bull reclining on a raised platform and facing the entrance door of the shrine so that according to tradition he may perpetually gaze on the lord in his symbolic form, the lingam. Nandi is considered to be one of Shivas chief attendants and occasionally is depicted in sculpture as a bull faced dwarf figure. It is made of thick brass with long lasting finish.