What To Know Before You Go To Ganga Aarti At Varanasi?
Ganga Aarti is the magnificent event during evening in the Varanasi that one must not miss to see it. With full of spiritual and holy atmosphere, this splendid ritual makes every moment special. Ganga aarti process gives great feelings with one of the most amazing experience. Everyday huge crowd is witness of this grand rituals performed by brass lamps.
The grand ceremony of Ganag Aarti.
Ganga Aarti is a very powerful and uplifting spiritual ritual. The aarti is carried out facing the river. The lamps are lit and circled around by the pandits (Hindu priests) in a clockwise manner. It is performed by the brass lamps which accompanied with the mantra chant.
Ganga Aarti (ritual of offering prayer to the Ganges river) is held daily at Dashashwamedh Ghat of Varanasi. The Ganga Aarti starts soon after sunset and lasts for about 45 minutes. A group of young priests starts aarti and devotees at present make clapping together with the chanting of the mantras. Priests blown the conch shells in between very loudly.
Ritual of the Gange aarti is performed by the students of the Vedas and Upanishads which is lead by the head priest of the Gangotri Seva Samiti.
Several priests perform Ganga Aarati ritual by carrying brass lamps and moving clockwise in a rhythmic tune of Mantra. Special aartis are held on Tuesdays and on religious festivals.
Ganga Aarti in Varanasi is one of the most impressive ceremonies with full of spiritual thoughts. Through the aarti, Agni Pooja is performed in which a commitment is made to the Lord Shiva, Mata Ganga, Surya, Agni and the whole universe.
Timings For Ganga Aarti
The Ganga Aarti starts soon after sunset and lasts for about 45 minutes. In summer the Aarti begins at about 7 pm due to late sunsets and in winter it starts at around 6 pm. The ceremony happens 365 days in a year. The best of all is the Aarti that is conducted during Kartik Purnima.
The offering is made to the Goddess Ganga, goddess of the holiest river in India. The Ganga aarti takes on special significance on the auspicious occasion of Ganga Dussehra, when Maa Ganga is believed to have descended from heaven to earth.
Thousands of devotees gather to watch this Aarti and by the end of the Ganga Aarti Ceremony, you can find thousands of small oil lamps floating on the river that would look like numerous stars on the water.