Ganga Aarti at Dasaswamedh ghat, close to Kashi Vishwanath Temple, is one of the prime attractions of Varanasi. It starts just after sunset, with a bunch of young men choreographing to the chantings, holding the lamps.
Preparations are on for the evening aarti
People start arriving at the ghats as early as 5pm. Dasaswamedh ghat becomes a hub of activity, with people sitting and waiting for the aarti, buying flowers and other things from nearby shops or performing pooja. I sat listening to an attractive old man who narrated Ramayana to a bunch of tourists who were listening keenly. Several babas sat near the ghats, looking for donations.
People wait for the aarti to begin
As the aarti begins, men take their positions at the platform and begin swinging the lamp to the tune of chantings.
Big lamps look beautiful after darkness sets in.
The choreography is excellent and worth seeing. But it also feels artificial in a devitional context. Like anywhere else in India, loudspeakers rob the pleasantness of the evening.
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