Haridwar, the land of God is widely known for the Ganga Aarti being performed there. People from all over the world come there to perform the Ganga Aarti which is a prayer for the river Ganga at Har Ki Pauri Ghat.
I had also traveled all the way from Himachal to Haridwar to meet a school friend of mine. It was basically because of her parents that I had this lifetime opportunity of being a part of the ritual. People generally start coming early to get a good spot in order to get the view of the Puja being done by the Pundits there. However, in my case, my friend’s parents had got the platform or a particular spot at the ghat booked for me already in order to be able to perform the Puja and touch the idol of the river Ganga which is carried out in “Palkhi” by the Pundits and other people who are present on the platform of the ghat near the river Ganga. When I went there with my friend, I had my spot booked and a Pundit was there to attend me who would further chant the mantras and help me perform the rituals. He began chanting the Sanskrit mantras along with offerings such as cotton, colors, milk, honey, sugar, curd, ghee and some other things.