Ganga Aarti is an exceedingly mighty and uplifting spiritual ritual in India that uses fire as an offering. The offering is made to the Goddess Ganga, one of the most religiously significant body of water in the world and the holiest in India. It is believed to be purest at Haridwar as after flowing from its source(Gaumukh) at the edge of the glacier(Gangotri), it is Haridwar whene Ganga first touches the plains.. Thousands of people from all around the world do make a point to attend this Ganga Aarti prayer on their visit to haridwar.
Ganga aarti is performed every morning and every evening (Rain, hail or Shine!) in Haridwar . It is held at Brahmakund,“Har- Ki- paudi” Ghat which name means The Feet of the Lord. Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu are believed to have visited the brahmakund in Har ki Paudi in the vedic times and also a footprint on a stone wall there is said to belong to Lord Vishnu. The Har Ki Paudi Ghat is india’s most sacred ghat
Ganga aarti is performed facing the river, huge lamps are lit and circled around by the Pundits( Indian priests) in a clockwise manner , accomplished by chanting, gongs of the temple, incense all combines to create a very sensory experience . It is believed the lamps acquire the power of the creator and the devotee gets the purification and blessings from the deity
How to attend Haridwar Ganga Aarti: There are two ways to attend the aarti.
Its possible to sit on the steps of the Ghat and witness the aarti from a distance, like most people.
or get among the action and participate by booking a Ganga aarti for you and family in which you will be blessed by a pundit and ushered to the front steps of the ghat, right where the lamps are circled and be fortunate to hold one of the lamps.
The evocating chanting, the billowing flames, and the holy water lapping at your feet, makes it particularly moving and unforgettable. You can really immerse yourself in this ancient ritual which is highly recommended on visit to Haridwar.