3. The Grand Ganga AartiEven though you hate being in crowds, you will definitely enjoy this grand Aarti, perfectly synchronized chanting of mantras and the rituals, colourful lights all around, ocean of people on the ghats as well as on the boats parked in the river chanting the aarti and mantras synchronously with the priests, is clearly a sight to behold!Try to get yourself a seat closer to the aarti so that you can enjoy the whole process peacefully as this runs for a while.
Aarthi at the Ganga is one of the most Eye Catching ritual , its Must do ,by most of the people who visit Varanasi.
The Ganga Aarti was the most surreal and overwhelming experience from my trip to Varanasi. If you want to experience and shoot photographs, make sure you go and take stand before the crowd rushes in. The Aarti happens on the Dashashwamedh Ghat starting around 6 pm or 7pm depending on the sunset. Special Aartis are held on Tuesdays and on religious festivals like Dev Deepawali.
While my mom was sitting (keeping my seat), I took some pictures.
In the evening, I didn't miss the chance to see the epic Ganga aarti which happens daily, at Dashashawamedha Ghat. It is really a one time experience one can get. Above are the orange clouds and below flows the River Ganga surrounded by lighted lamps; as far as you can see them. This ritual is performed daily in evening by the priests. Big brass lamps, chanting of the mantras, priests wearing same attire; ah! such a magical evening it is. At this time the devotees can take the boat ride and enjoy the view of aarti from the boat. This city literally gives you so much peace and spiritual happiness that you would want to visit it again and again. Apart from this, loads of memories to reminisce.