The sunset Ganga Aarti at Parmarth Niketan draws between hundreds and thousands of visitors each day from all cultures, all languages, all religions and all walks of life. Each evening as the sun’s last rays reflect off the boundless waters of Mother Ganga, we gather for Ganga Aarti. This divine light ceremony is filled with song, prayer, ritual and a palpable sense of the divine.
Regardless of one’s religion or ability to understand Hindi or Sanskrit, the power of the aarti is universal. Ganga Aarti transcends the borders and boundaries of language and culture, diving straight into one’s heart, carrying one to Heaven.
- To instill a deep sense of reverence, awe and devotion toward Mother Ganga by those living along her banks
- To transform the banks of Ganga into temples – symbolically if not literally – by the performance of evening aarti, so that people are immediately dissuaded from using the same area as a toilet or trash can during the day
Pujya Swamiji has initiated Ganga Aarti at numerous locations along Mother Ganga’s banks and throughout the world. So far, Pujya Swamiji has personally inspired and initiated Ganga Aarti in Badrinath, Gangotri, Rudra Prayag, Uttarkashi, Allahabad, Kanpur, Varanasi and Jwalapur in addition to the world-famous Ganga Aarti each evening in Rishikesh, as well as Ganga Aartis in Spain, Africa and the USA.