The purpose of performing aarti is the waving of lighted wicks before the deities in a spirit of humility and gratitude, wherein faithful followers become immersed in God’s divine form.
The following photographs were shot when I visited Varanasi. Back in December 2016 where I got the opportunity to see the Ganga Aarti.
It takes place in the evening, after the sunset. As soon it is commenced the cold environment suddenly became warm.
It symbolises the five elements.
‘Bh’umi (Earth), ‘A’gni (Fire), ‘G’agan (Space), ‘Wa’yu (Wind), ‘N’eer (Water)
So this was the few glimpses of my journey to Varanasi. I don’t know if i have justified the pictures or not. You see this visuals through my eyes. I cannot explain how tremendous it feels to be there and feel all this at once. The spiritual essence in the air makes you feel devine.