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.

Ganga Aarti

     It takes place in the evening, after the sunset. As soon it is commenced the cold environment suddenly became warm.

     The incense represents a purified state of mind, and one’s “intelligence” is offered through the adherence to rules of timing and order of offerings.

    The ghee or oil lamp represent the fire component (HEAT)

       The flower represents the earth (SOLIDITY)

       The peacock fan conveys the precious quality of air (MOVEMENT)

        The yak-tail fan represent the subtle form of ether (SPACE)
        The water and accompanying handkerchief correspond with the water element (LIQUIDITY)

        The shankhaa is a sacred emblem of the preserver god Vishnu. It is still used as a trumpet in Hindu ritual, and in the past was used as a war trumpet.

    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.