Ganga Aarti / Puja / Yatra is very vital in Hinduism as the Ganga is a river of myriad moods and mythic memories that rush turbulently from its source in the Himalaya to meander through the plains as its flows to meet the sea. Considered the most sacred river in India, it has been a life-sustaining river for millions. It has shared theirs joys and sorrows for millennia. And has been witness to the unravelling of human drama that is enacted along its banks.
As we travel down the Ganga from Devprayag to Varanasi, the river invites us to follow the stream of consciousness – the river that flows within. This journey is conceived as a voyage in time and space blending the physical with the metaphysical.
Ganga has inspired poets and painters, seekers and scholars, dancers and musicians. It has cast a spell on the human mind more than any other river in the world. For millions of Indians, both religious and otherwise, she is simply the Mother who nourishes and inspires.
BENEFITS OF GANGA PUJA / YATRA / AARTI
- It purifies the souls of devotees.
- Cures diseases and ailments.
- Washes away the sins of devotees and gives peace to the souls of their ancestors.
- Helps one attain Moksha or liberation of the soul.
SIGNIFICANCE OF GANGA AARTI / POOJA / YATRA
- The worship of Maa Ganga is one of the most important rituals in Hinduism. Each evening, thousands of devotees gather at the banks of the Ganga at Haridwar and Rishikesh to witness the spectacle known as the ‘Ganga Aarti’, which pays homage to the greatness of this river.
- Bathing in or offering worship to Devi Ganga can purify the souls of the devotees. It can absolve their sins, turn them into good, virtuous individuals and ultimately help them liberation of the soul (Moksha), in the afterlife.
- The waters of the Ganges arte said to be magical and can even cure diseases, ailments and mental illness. This pooja is observed by millions of Hindus worldwide who are keen to seek Devi Ganga’s blessings.