The Ganga Aarti
An aarti is a Hindu ritual of worship in which light from wicks soaked in ghee or camphor is burned as an offering. The Ganga Aarti at Dasaswamedh Ghat is performed on an elevated stage beside the river by young pandits (priests), wearing saffron-colored robes. The blowing of a conch shell starts the ritual which continues with the waving of incense sticks in elaborate patterns and circling of burning lamps that shine brightly against the night sky. Chants and the ringing of cymbals and bells accompany the ritual of praise for the Mother Ganga (Ganges).
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