Ceremony of Aarti

Aarti Ceremony 1

 

Aarti Ceremony 2

 

Fire, flowers, water, air and fan are all used to represent heat, the earth, liquidity, movement and space, in an offering to the divine Ganges. I found the ceremony very moving as the chanting and the ritual brought forth the dawn. Gradually the great river emerged from the cloaking darkness and the world came back to life.

If you are ever in Varanasi, do make the effort to get up extra early in order to experience this ritual of worship on the banks of the Ganges. For me it was special to be present and to sense the mystery of the cycle of life as the worshippers called for the light to return to the world.

 

 

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