‘Ganga Aarati’ performed every evening on the banks of the river Ganges at Varanasi (Kasi)
is not only a holy ritual but also has become a major tourist attraction. One finds foreign tourists spending three to four days to have a glimpse of this daily ritual from a boat on the river.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Japanese counterpert Shinzo Abe take part in the evening 'Aarti' ritual on the banks of the
Ganges river in Varanasi on December 13, 2015
Narendra Modi the Prime Minister-elect performed Ganga Aarti on Dashashwamedh Ghat Varanasi on May 17, 2014.
Varanasi has never witnessed a Ganga Aarti organised for a top politician or PM before.
Amid tight security, Narendra Modi Modi, his forehead smeared with sandalwood
powder, walked down to Dashashwamedh Ghat followed by BJP president Rajnath Singh and his trusted aide Amit Shah after performing puja at the Kashi Vishwanath Temple here.
This light ceremony filled with song, prayer, ritual and a palpable sense of divinity is called Aarati. The essence of the ‘aarti’ ceremony is that all day long God offers us light – the
light of the sun, the light of life, the light of His (Her) blessings. Aarti is a time when we say ‘thank you’.
The aarti takes place facing the river. The lamps are lit and circled around by the Vedic Pandits in a clockwise manner, accompanie