Ganga Arti is one of the five rituals performed regularly for the worship of Holy River Ganga in Varanasi. Evening Aarti being the final ritual of the day when thousands of locals and pilgrims gather together to offer their prayers to the Mother Ganges. Evening Ganga Arti is a Hindu religious ritual of worship or we can say a form of puja, in which light from wicks soaked in ghee (purified butter) or camphor is offered to one or more deities.
About Evening Ganga Aarti Boat Tour - We will enjoy the Aarti from boat, so that we can have good visual of the rituals being performed. Even we can seer few more adjacent Ghats where Pooja is happening.
The evening boat ride also includes a visit to the cremation ground at Manikarnika Ghatbecause evenings are the best time to visit the cremation ground as it is the busiest time of the day.
It will be a complete guided tour who has vast knowledge of culture of Varanasi and about history of River Ganga and Varanasi. He will explain you every bit of small thing related to the Ganga Arti and Cremation rituals. It will take about 2-3 hours, which will cover, watching of the Ganga Arti on boat and ride till Manikarnika ghat.
Aarti Performance :
Aarti is ritualistic process in which lamps of brass or some other metals which are generally multi-tiered are lighted with ghee and thick wicks. Hymns are chanted and some devotional chants are sung. Huge crowd gathers to see this mesmerizing performance on the banks of River Ganges. Priests perform the Aarti. These priests wear same type of clothes. These clothes are traditional robes like Dhoti Kurta or simply Dhoti and a pure cotton light weight towel on shoulders.
Evening Ganga Aarti Boat Ride covers - Evening Ganga Arti ceremony in Holy River Ganga at Dashaswemedh Ghat and nearby Ghats and a round trip to Manikarnika Ghat
Best time to start Evening Ganga Aarti Boat Ride - It depends on the season as the time of evening time ceremony also changes. 6.30 pm is the best time for summers and 5.15 pm for winters.
Duration for Evening Ganga Aarti - About 2-3 hours