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The analysis of sound emitted by bells from five heritage temples in Pune district of India was performed by means of complex acoustic analysis programs Wavanal and VizIR. The acoustical parameters assessed were reverberation time, early decay time and clarity. Rather than focusing on absolute values, emphasis has been placed on looking at deviations between reverberation time and early decay time. The ratio between the two has been found for all worship spaces. Temples with values of this ratio close to unity refers to a more diffused space, since decay curves in this case are more linear. The values also suggest the distribution and dissipation of sound energy within the worship spaces. The values of clarity of sound obtained indicates appropriateness of worship spaces for speech and/or music. The acoustical parameters studied herein would allow characterization of the temple spaces and also give a brief idea about the subjective impression of acoustic quality of these places.
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