Haridwar Ganga Aarti
Ganga Aarti Haridwar is performed at Har-ki-Pauri Ghat. Har Ki Pauri is
one of the most famous place to take holy dip in the river Ganga. Ganga Aarti
means prayer for the River Ganga. Aarti is a ancient Hindu ritual offered to
Gods, holy things, spiritual leaders or to the guests. Aarti word is from the
Sanskrit language which means remover of darkness (ingnorance). Aarti is
performed at the Har Ki Pauri Ghat which is built in 1st century by King Vikram.
Bhratuhari was brother of King Vikram who meditated here for Lord Vishnu and
Lord Vishnu apeared here to give him blessing. That is why the place named Har
Ki Pauri (Foot Prints of God). This is also the same place where drop of nector
fell down and that is why it is also prime attraction in Kumbh Mela Festival in
Ganga is not only a river. She is truly a Divine Mother. She rushes forth from the Himalayas as the giver of life, carrying purity, bliss and liberation in Her waters. Ganga is not only water. She is nectar - the nectar of life, the nectar of liberation. She is a source of inspiration to all who lay eyes on her ceaseless, boundless, rushing current. She irrigates not only our farms, but also our hearts, minds and souls. She is the Mother Goddess - giving freely to all with no discrimination, hesitation or expectation. Her waters purify all who bathe in them, all who drink from them. In fact, She is the remover of contamination.
Each evening as the sun’s last rays reflect off the boundless waters of Mother
Ganga, people gather for Ganga Aarti. This divine light ceremony is filled with
song, prayer, ritual and a palpable sense of the divine. Aarti is the beautiful
ceremony in which dias (oil lamps) are offered to God. Aarti can be done to a
deity in the temple, it can be done on the banks of the Ganges to Mother Ganga,
or it can be done to a saint. It is performed to God, in any manifestation, in
any form, and by any name.
The essence of the aarti ceremony is that all day long God offers us light – the light of the sun, the light of life, and the light of His (Her) blessings. Aarti is a time when we say, “Thank You,” and we offer back the light of our thanks, the light of our love and the light of our devotion.
Ganga Aarti is organised twice a day every evening. Morning at sunrise and evening at sunset. Timing is diffrent in summer and winter according to sunset and sunrise timmings. Evening Ganga Aarti is more famous. Ganga Aarti has two parts. First part is offering to the river ganga to get blessing. Offerings are done with backgrounds of live chants in Sankrit language. After short break of 5 mins after offering the second part starts which is Hindi Song for River Ganga. The preist also light the Big Diyas (Multile wicks are soaked in Ghee and the holder is made from copper) during this song. These diyas are waved in clock wise direction towards River Ganga.
TO view complete ceremony and get a good place to view Ganga Aarti in Hardwar
reach Har Ki Pauri Ghat at 4.30pm in evening (during winter) and 5:30 in summer.
01. Reach little early to get good place to view the ceremony. Best place to view the ceremony is little island type of place called Malviya Dwip. From there you can view the ceremony from front side.
02. If you do not want to sit on the floor (which is free) there are some wooden platform are there which is run by local families. They will charge you Rs.25 Per person.
03. Some fake people may come to you and ask for donations. You are not supposed to give any donation to any one. However the place and ceremony is maintained by Ganga Sabha so if you want you can donate them.
04. Try to avoid priests if you dont want to do any Pooja (prayers) because after little prayer they expect money from you.
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Haridwar or 'the Gateway to the Gods' is one of the seven holiest places according to Hindu mythology, as the Gods are believed to have left.