850-kg bell for Mulund school

Nalanda Public School paid Rs 10 lakh for the giant bell

 

It’s the cause of much excitement at Nalanda Public School, Mulund. Not so much for what it represents the end of each class but because it’s a bell the likes of which nobody has seen.

The school has just received its order, placed nine months ago, of an 850-kg brass bell, for which it paid Rs 10 lakh, on Saturday. The bell made its journey from Poompuhar, Tamil Nadu’s state handicraft emporium.

Mighty task: It took around 15 men to carry a 850-kg brass bell to the fourth floor of the Nalanda Public School building in Mulund recently.
PICS/ SAMMER MARKANDE
C’mon, we can do it: The men load the bell that was brought in from Poompuhar, Tamil Nadu’s state handicraft emporium on a crane.
Wish fulfilled: The bell is being suspended from the crane to its exact location. The chairman of the school paid Rs 10 lakh for the bell, as it was the culmination of his dream. Finally! The bell is installed on a bell tower in the school building

Chairman pays 

“We were searching for such a bell since a year, before we found this place in Tamil Nadu that makes bells for temples in Malaysia. A similar bell is at the famous Tirupati temple too.

No Mumbai shops were able to make the bell to our specifications,” said Sita Laxmi, executive assistant to the chairman and MD of Nalanda foundation, Chaitanya Parekh.

“The chairman paid for the bell, as it was the culmination of his dream,” added Laxmi.

The bell was installed on the fourth floor of school building, constructed with a bell tower. “The children thought the bell was made of gold!” said Laxmi.

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