Varanasi is a sacred and oldest city located at the banks of the holy River Ganga. Where, Ganges Aarti is performed daily in the evening by a group of priests at the Dashashwamedh Ghat near famous Kashi Vishwanath Temple as a dedication to Shiva, Gange, Surya (Sun), Agni (Fire), and the entire universe. A particular type of Aarti is held on Tuesdays and on religious festivals. Devotees should not miss the opportunity of visiting the ghat in the evening.
First, they make preparation of the Ganges Aarti by making a collection of the Puja items that include five elevated planks, a multi tiered oil lamp, an idol of the Goddess Ganga, a conch shell, incense sticks, praying bells, handkerchiefs, large brass lamps with snake hood, flowers, water pot at the edge of the River Ganges.
The whole ritual of the Ganges Aarti is performed by the seven students of the Vedas and Upanishads lead by the head priest of the Gangotri Seva Samiti in a well choreographed manner with a great synchronization. The whole event takes around 45 minutes. An announcement at 7.00 pm indicates the beginning of the Aarti.
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Devotees make clapping together with the mantras’ chanting. Priest’s blown the conch shells in between the Aarti loudly and Aarti proceeds with the incense sticks. Priests do Aarti with the big multi-tiered lamps containing hundreds of small flames look amazing under the night sky. It is followed by the waving of large brass lamps with snake hood, full of camphor or Kapoor. Ganges Aarti ends up with the final Aart and after that the environment becomes very silent.
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