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Ganga Aarti Varanasi
Over the years Ganga Aarti has become the must-see must do experience in Varanasi.Young pandits who perform the Aarti wear silk dhotis with rich gold borders, orange kurtas, and stoles across their shoulders – all of them color coordinated. Their hands move in synchronized rhythm on raised platforms that put them above the rest of the crowd. They are conscious of the fact that while the Aarti is going on, all the tourist eyes are on them. It is amusing to see their expressions as they perform the Arti.
Ganga Aarti places
Ganga river Banaras flows from the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal. However, it is only at a few places that it is worshipped. Ganga Aarti is performed in Rishikesh and Haridwar – this is where Ganga enters the plains from the hills. The divide here is also that of land inhabited by the Devas and the land inhabited by humans.
Next, it is worshipped at Varanasi, where it flows northwards. Symbolically it is believed that it is turning back to have one last look at her homeland. Colloquially, they say in ‘Banaras mein Ganga bhi ulti behti hai’ or even the Ganga flows in reverse direction at Varanasi.
Ganga Banaras, as you know, is the holiest of the rivers in India. She is worshipped across several small towns across the flow of the river. Maybe less of an event or spectacle and possibly not every day. Remember the holy river Ganga is prayed in the minds and lives of millions of people across India in their own way across the homes.