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Ganges River

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Introduction
Sharing information of Ganga Aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat. It is a most popular event for which evening boatride is taken by tourists. One should must attend this event with good camera as it offers memorable pictures of the Varanasi city tour part. The Ganges or the Ganga River is the most sacred, worshiped, prayed holy river in India. Hindus have the highest degree of honor, respect, devotion and traditional affection to this river. Its water is considered to be purest, most sacred and has the power of washing away all the sins that human body has committed or is carrying till the time he/she takes a dip in the holy Ganges. Even science has also acknowledged the power of river Ganges. After conducting lab tests, it was found that all kind of Bacteria dies in Ganges water. People come to Ganga ghats (shores) in Varanasi to worship, to rinse away the remains of their dead ancestors, to take holy bath and to take some of the Ganges water to their homes, where the Ganges water droplets are then used in their day to day homely religious practices. Ganga or the Ganges is an integral, inseparable and unavoidable factor, part of tourism in Varanasi. It is said that we should must visit Varanasi ghats to understand the theme of this ancient living city.

Varanasi - Ganges Bonding
As we have already said that by doing Ganga Aarti, we worship our holy river Ganges. Here natural question will arise, why we worship so much and what is the significance of Ganges to Varanasi? Both Varanasi are Ganges are incomplete by each other. They are introduction of each other. We as India call it "Mother Ganges" as it has given scope for civilization on its bank. The city of Varanasi has grown, flourished also lot due to river Ganges giving it maximum path and its river flow course. Ganges takes a surrounding circle turn around Varanasi city geographically thereby providing the city best possible river shores, more and more ghats, helping to develop river based transport services more etc. A huge population in Varanasi city and nearby around area depends for its daily livestock earning on river Ganga. With that all being said, it is undeniable and clearly understandable why Ganges river is so much essential, holy, sacred and important to not just Hindus but to entire population of Varanasi and to other parts of India which fall on the flow path of Ganges. Within the workshops that lined the lanes of Varanasi, artisans created dazzling objects and fabrics out of wood, stone and silk. These were then taken to the wholesale markets and loaded onto ships on the Ganga for trade. It is this confluence of commerce, religion, the arts and education that has resulted in the buoyant Banarasi spirit, which still continues in its lanes and neighborhoods. It is an attitude towards life that is both philosophical and practical, that strives for a balance between hard work and leisure, and actively values the mingling of cultures, classes and religions.

Ganga Aarti
As a tourist, you can Go on a spiritual journey as you undertake the boat ride on the holy river Ganga and observe the religious rituals being conducted on the Ghats of Varanasi, one of the oldest cities in the world. These reasons are the ones due to which river Ganges became the first ever River in India to be worshiped, praised, prayered in the traditional Hindu Aarti format. On Every day evening, thousands of visitors assemble at Dashashwamedh Ghat, to view the spectacle of evening Aarti in Varanasi. Though this tradition itself may be thousands of years old, in the modern days the Aarti is a choreographed show with priests in traditional Indian clothes using huge deepams and mashals or Cressets, moving to the tune of melodious Aarti and Bhajans. Hundreds of pilgrims, photographers and tourists rent boats to watch the show, as it unfolds every evening. Spectators occupy every inch of the Ghats, boats, and even nearby rooftops on hotels and ashrams and akhadas. The guided Ganga Aarti boat ride lasts for 3-4 hours and can be opted for in the morning or evening. The start time varies according to the prevalent weather, sunrise time and the time when the aarti is conducted. During summers it starts around 5 am and in winters it is 6:30 am. Similarly the evening aarti might take place at 5:15 pm in winters and 6:15 pm in summers. The trip would get going from the ghat closest to your hotel by the river. Else if you are staying inland, the ride begins from Assi Ghat and takes you along the stretch of the river where the ghats are located. The evening trip also includes a visit to the cremation grounds at Manikarnika Ghat. You would be able to have a panoramic view of the rituals as the aarti is conducted on the riverís edge amid much fanfare and religious fervor. The glittering lamps and reverberating chants of the hymns evoke spiritual sentiments as you glide by in the boat. A group of priests daily in the evening at this ghat perform "Agni Puja" (Worship to Fire) wherein a dedication is made to Lord Shiva, River Ganga (the Ganges), Surya (Sun), Agni (Fire), and the whole universe. Special aartis are held on Tuesdays and on religious festivals. So if you do wish to enjoy the eternal essence of the holy Ganges and its daily Aarti along with different Ghats of Ganges river along with other religious and cultural monuments of Varanasi, kindly contact us by filling and submitting the given below inquiry form. We will provide you tailor made best of best possible tour itineraries which will cover the entire tourism landscape of Varanasi like no other travel agency would be capable of. Our tour package costing is unbeatable. We have special arrangements with Hotels in Varanasi and also have our own fleet of taxi cabs ready to be served to the customer upon receiving the query.

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