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Dashashwamedh Ghat Aarti



Varanasi’s famous aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat

Dashashwamedh Ghat is said to be the oldest and one of the most populated ghats of Varanasi. Its name is derived from Sanskrit words, Dash (Ten) – Ashwa ( Horses ) – Medh ( Sacrifice ). It is said that Lord Brahma did the yajna their and sacrificed ten horses in it and that’s how the name came.

Every evening tons of people gather filling up the ghat completely as well as the boats on the shore to see the Aarti. A group of young pujaris(priests) dressed in similar attire worship Lord Shiva, Surya Devta, Mata Ganga, Agni Devta and the whole universe created by almighty Lord Shiva. Pujaris step up on their platforms and do the Aarti by various things like flowers, fire lamps, feather fans, etc. moving them in syncing circular motion, chanting mantras and devotees try to sync their clappings and the chanting of mantras with them.

Aarti goes on for approximate 45 minutes and there comes the utter silence right after when it’s finished. At the end of the aarti, people put down small leaf made oil lamps in water and ask for their health and wellness in life.

You must not forget to visit the Dashashwamedh Ghat once in your lifetime to experience this kind of splendid environment, to find tranquility for self, in the noise of the crowd.

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