Started as a one priest evening puja after the sunset at Triveni Ghat of Rishikesh where most of the local used to go in the evening for a walk in the evening and burn a diya ( Butter Cotton Candle ) to the mother Ganges. The priest after burning the candle & small prayer used to walk back home distributing the blessing ( Agni ) & Elaychi Dana ( small balls made of Sugar & rice flour) shop to shop & person to person on the way. In return some use to give him some coins which would be his earnings or at least to cover the expenses of Diya and prasad.
Aarti of a small town started becoming Bigger slowly
Slowly slowly in seventies & eighties, finding it soul touching some of locals on the ghat started joining the priest at the time of the Arti. The whole ritual used to gets over in 10 minutes and then the priest used to walk back as usual. This route of the priest walkin gback used to be the todays Railway road , that time the most happening & popular road of Rishikesh town with the vegetable shops on one side and the other shops on the other side with some best Dharamshala’s, the only staying place for tourists and pilgrims. The Railway ticket counter used to be here only at Bhagwan Ashram on the main square. The travellers used to buy the tickets here and walk 800 meters up the road to board the only local trains coming from Haridwar 2 times a day.
And even Bigger
As the town started swelling Slowly few more priests from different locations and have started doing the same ritual & routine with more and more locals joining them. As the ambience on the Ganga banks was so divine that many pilgrims have started joining in the moths of Chardham yatra that is May & June . More locals used to participate in Navratri & Karwa Chauth vrat ( A special festival in India where lady of the house fast the whole day even with out drinking the water and eat after seeing & praying the moon late night )
Todays Big Ganga Arti
The Arti today is much bigger daily evening rituals on the banks of the Ganga at different locations.
Evening visit the Ghat’s ( Stairs leading to the river) on the Ganges to encounter evening river life & Ganga Aarti “The Prayer dedicated to Goddess Ganges” in the t town of ashrams and temples, Ghats and pilgrims, mountains and the holy Ganges – Rishikesh. When global orange sun suspended, waits low amid the red/yellow streaked horizon, then all these combine to give this town a very special rather magical evening. The temple bells roar, priests enchant mantras, Immersed in sublimation stand the pilgrims. Cupped leaves, with saffron marigold & Rose petals and a small candle flame, flickering ride the current of water of wisdom. Suddenly the sky darkens, spreading a blanket of stillness. Everything stops, except the sound of current, which has just sunk the tiny flames of cupped leaves, few minutes back.FlatLayers Team
Triveni Ghat Aarti:
Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat is the oldest yet the newest in its new Avatar. Mainly attended by the locals for many years Aarti at Triveni Ghat is now most popular and attended by tourists coming to Rishikesh and living in different locations of India. The Aarti here is managed by locals and mainly is for locals as per the traditions.
Shatrughan Ghat Ganga Arti :
Aarti at Shatrughan Ghat is held at the Nav Ghat ( Ferry boat point) in front of also very good and attended by tourists a swell as locals of the Muni Ki Reti area. The Aarti here is also very authentic and has Ram Jhula Bridge glittering in the back drop. As the Aarti here is facing east and full moon nights make this very special & divine experience. The moon comes out from the Himalayan foothills and just slowly rises above the Ram Jhula bridge for the seekers attending the Aarti .
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Parmarth Niketan Aarti :
Aarti at Parmarth Ghats is managed & performed by Parmarth Niketan Ashram where the young gururkul students perform the hawan & Aarti, which is mostly attended by tourists only.
Small Aartis at Different locations in town
Ganga Aarti in Rishikesh is also performed at different location for elderly local community of that particular area for whom its a kind of daily evening visit.
Aarti at Laxman Jhula at Tapovan Ghats
A Good simple Ganga Aarti is performed 100 meters above Laxman jhula brige on the Tapovan Ghats. One can just relax on the stairs and watch the temples & laxman jhula bridge on back drops. Being a less crowded Aarti one can even hold the lamps and perform in the rituals.
Ganga Aarti in Sai Ghats on Haridwar Road
Since many years a small Ganga Aarti is performed at Sai Ghats in Koyal Ghatee area that is close to AIMS Rishikesh. Every Thursday free food distribution also takes place here.
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