Ganga Aarti takes place at the bank of the sacred river Ganga at Har Ki Pauri ghat in Haridwar city, Uttarkhand. Har Ki Pauri is located on the main highway in the centre of the city. One can reach either by bus or train. It is around 3kms away from the Haridwar railway station. It is a religious prayer that attracts several devotees from all over the world. Ganga aarti is a ritual of light and sound where the pandit performs prayers with owls of fire and the ringing temple bells. The devotees float Diyas and flowers chanting mantras.
Time For The Aarti
This aarti takes place twice a day once in the morning and once in the evening. In the summer season that is March to October Aarti starts between 5 am and 6:50 am while the evening aarti starts between 5:30 pm and 7 pm. It the winter season the morning aarti begins between 6:30 am and 7 am and in the evening aarti begins between 5 pm and 5:30 pm. It depends upon the time of the sunrise and sunset in Hardwar city.
The Best Time To Visit
The best time to attend the Ganga aarti is in May, June, July and August. Ganga aarti is truly a magnificent event that attracts several devotees. The eventing ritual starts by bringing the idol of Ganga from a small temple, located nearby. The goddess is carried is a very beautiful palki to the platform near the Ganga river accompanied by the pandits and devotees singing and dancing. The devotees seek the blessings of the idol following which the ceremony begins. The pandits chant Sanskrit mantras and offer milk, honey and curd to the idol. The pandit then sings Ganga Lahari a Sanskrit poem. After a short break, the workers of the Ganga sabha collects donations that devotees are willing to offer. These donations are used to meet the expenses of the Ganga Aarti. The evening aarti is more vibrant than the morning one as the lights from the Diyas create a beautiful sight that is truly mesmerizing.