Spellbinding Ganga aarti at Banaras/Varanasi

Tripoto
6th Mar 2019

Varanasi is among the world's most sacred and the oldest city. It is located on the banks of the holy river Ganges(Ganga). She(Ganga) runs through heaven and is considered as holy Demigod. Photo enthusiasts, culture lovers, pilgrims from all over the world travel to this city just to watch the aarti of Gange. This city is also known by the name Kashi.

Har Har Gange

Day 1

Ganga aarti:

Aarti is performed daily evening by a group of priests at the Dashashwamedh ghat. They perform Agni Pooja in which a commitment is made to the Lord Shiva, Mata Gange, Surya, Agni(Fire) and the universe. Ritual starts from rhythmic chant of mantras and includes many oil lamps waved in a tuned motion by the priests, and Conch shells are blown loud in-between. Devotees immerse thousands of earthen lamps on the river and those floating lamps looks splendid!

Divine Ganga mata

Photo of Ganga Aarti, Ghats of varanasi, Katesar, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Ganesh Nadiger

Timings:

The aarti takes after the sunset daily for around 45 minutes, but you have to reach at least half an hour before to hold places in front rows and watch entire aarti.

How to reach :

By Bus: Varanasi is connected to major cities of Uttar-Pradesh.

By Train: Varanasi railway station is connected to major cities of India via rail.

Road/Self Drive: Varanasi has a wide network of road that connects it to major cities of Uttar-Pradesh. You can either hire a taxi/cab or drive down to Varanasi from nearby cities like Kanpur and Allahabad.

Photo of Ganga Aarti, Ghats of varanasi, Katesar, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Ganesh Nadiger

You have 2 options After reaching Railway Station or Bus Stand:

1. Reach starting point of Assi Ghat in an auto-rickshaw and hire a boat to reach Dashashwamedh Ghat on waters which is very close to the Kashi Vishwanath temple.

2. Hire a local auto-rickshaw to Dashashwamedh Ghat.

I chose the first way and watched the sunset and the light decorated ghats. Below are few pictures of my Assi ghat experience on the river front of Ganga.

Photo of Railway Station, Varanasi Cantt, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Ganesh Nadiger

Brahma Ghat

Photo of Brahma Ghat, Maidagin Crossing, Ghats of varanasi, VNS, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Ganesh Nadiger

Boat Journey

Photo of Ghats of varanasi, Ghasi Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Ganesh Nadiger
Photo of Panchganga Ghat, Sonarpura Rd, Ghats of varanasi, Bangali Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Ganesh Nadiger
Photo of Ganga River Bank, Ghats of varanasi, Ghasi Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Ganesh Nadiger
Photo of Ghats of varanasi, Ghasi Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Ganesh Nadiger

Sadhu (saints)

Photo of Assi Ghat(अस्सी घाट), VARANASI, Assi Ghat Road, Assi ghat, Shivala, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Ganesh Nadiger
Photo of Scindia Ghat, Near Manikarnika Ghat, Ghats of varanasi, Ghasi Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Ganesh Nadiger

The dead bodies are burnt at Manikarnika Ghat, gateway to another life marked by the results of one's karma.

The dead bodies are burnt at Manikarnika Ghat, gateway to another life marked by the results of one's karma.

Photo of Manikarnika Ghat, Jugul Tola, Ghats of varanasi, Lahori Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Ganesh Nadiger

Setting up the boats to sit and watch the rituals

Photo of Ganga Aarti, Ghats of varanasi, Katesar, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Ganesh Nadiger

Boats loaded with the pilgrims begins to gather

Photo of Ganga Aarti, Ghats of varanasi, Katesar, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Ganesh Nadiger

All set!

Photo of Ganga Aarti, Ghats of varanasi, Katesar, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Ganesh Nadiger

Ganga Aarti

The divine aarti begins..

Photo of Ganga Aarti, Ghats of varanasi, Katesar, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Ganesh Nadiger

Aarti is performed by priests for 45 minutes

Photo of Ganga Aarti, Ghats of varanasi, Katesar, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Ganesh Nadiger

Priests end the ceremony by pouring a bowl of water into the river as a ritual.

Photo of Assi Ghat(अस्सी घाट), VARANASI, Assi Ghat Road, Assi ghat, Shivala, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Ganesh Nadiger
Day 2

Not just Ganga Aarti, but you can view the famous Kashi Vishwanath temple, Kaal Bhairav Temple, Birla Temple, Sankat Mochan Hanuman Mandir, Durga Temple, Banaras Hindu University.

Photo of Shri Satya Narayan Tulsi Manas Mandir, Durgakund Road, Near Jalan, Anandbagh, Bhelupur, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Ganesh Nadiger

Birla Temple is located in the BHU campus

Photo of Birla Mandir, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Ganesh Nadiger

You must eat Banaras Pan and drink Kullad Chai when you visit Varanasi.

Khaike pan banaras wala

Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Ganesh Nadiger

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Kullad Chai(कुल्हड़ चाई)

Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Ganesh Nadiger

Bye

Photo of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India by Ganesh Nadiger
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