Varanasi is a sacred and oldest city of the world located at the banks of the holy River Gange. Where, Gange aarti is performed daily in the evening by a group of priests at the Dashashwamedh ghat. Through the aarti, Agni Pooja is performed in which a commitment is made to the Lord Shiva, Mata Gange, Surya, Agni (Fire) as well as the whole universe made by the Lord Shiva. On some special occasions, religious festivals and second day of the week means Tuesdays, a particular type of aarti is held at this ghat.
Gange aarti is the magnificent event during evening in the Varanasi that one must not miss to see it. It makes us to experience the great feelings while Gange aarti become in process. This beautiful ritual makes every moment of the evening period special and fills with the spiritual thoughts. It is performed by the brass lamps which accompanied with the mantra chant in the presence of the huge crowd.
All the priests who have to perform the aarti, wear same cloth, the dhoti and kurta which is tightly bind with a long towel. First they make preparation of the Gange aarti by making collection of the five elevated planks, a multi tiered oil lamp, an idol of the Goddess Ganga, flowers, incense sticks, a conch shell, a big and heavy brass lamp having a snake hood at the edge of the River Gange. A group of boats filled with devotees come around the place of aarti at the bank of River. They are very eager to see the event; some of them take live video, photos as well. 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. The whole event takes around 45 minutes.
Timing of Gange Aarti
Gange aarti takes place at 6.45 PM in the evening after the sunset for around 45 minutes at the Dashashwamedh ghat in the Varanasi. Devotees have started to come to see the Gange aarti at least one hour before.
A group of young priests starts aarti in a well organized manner by having a lighting lamp in their hand, start a rhythmic chant of mantras. An announcement at 7.00 pm indicates the beginning of the aarti. Music starts by someone and priests involving in the aarti stood up to begin the Gange aarti. Devotees at present make clapping together with the chanting of the mantras. Priests blown the conch shells in between the aarti very loudly and aarti continues with the incense sticks. After completing the mantras, priests do aarti with the multi-tiered brass lamps having firing camphor or kapoor. Gange aarti ends up with the final aarti and after that the environment become very silent.
Ganga Aarti Video
This is the video of the Gange aarti where you can see the live Gange aarti. Young priests are doing the aarti by ringing the bell and chanting the mantras of the Goddess Gange.
Ganga Aarti Photos
This is the photo of the Gange aarti, where priests start preparing the aarti celebration event. Devotees, eager to see the Gange aarti, have started gathering at the Dashashwamedha ghat. Boats, loaded with the pilgrims, have also started gathering at the banks of the River Gange.
This is the photo of the Gange aarti, where almost preparation has been completed and young priests and one main priest are coming to their places to start the aarti event.
Devotees and pilgrims are getting their places at the Gange ghat very silently without harming each other in order to see the great event. Some people are ready to make video or take snaps of the event with their own cameras.
Tourists from outside the country as well as from the country and local devotees are taking their places at the boat in the water to see the aarti event very clearly. Boats loaded with the people are collecting in the organized way at the River bank.
Foreign tourists are very eager to see the aarti event soon and they are preparing their cameras to have photos as well as videos. They are enjoying the evening time very silently on the boat.