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“Aarti” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ganga Aarti at Haridwar

Ganga Aarti at Haridwar
Har Ki Pauri | Haridwar, Haridwar 249401, India
+91 73 51 173388
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Ranked #1 of 29 Attractions in Haridwar
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: Ganga Aarti Means Prayer for the River Ganges. The Ganga is holy river in India. It is worshiped as a goddess. It is providing life in the form of water to India. Every day Morning and Evening Ganga Aarti is organized at Har Ki Pauri. Morning time is approximately 05:30 AM in winter and 06:30 AM in Summer according to Sunrise. Evening time for Ganga Aarti is approximately 05:30 PM in winter and 06:30 in summer. Evening Ganga aarti is widely visited by people in stead of morning. There is no entry fees or charges for the ceremony. Evening at sunset priests perform Ganga Aarti here, when lights are set on the water to drift downstream. This is the most amazing and soul touching spectacle. A large number of people gather on both the banks of river Ganges to sing its praises. The priest hold large fire bowls in their hands, the bells in the temples at the Ghat start ringing and the chants flowing out of lips fill the air. People float diyas (candle), with burning flickers and flowers in them as a symbol of hope and wishes .The golden hues of floral diyas reflected in the river Ganges present the most enchanting sight. Note: 01. Reach little early to get good place to view the ceremony. Best place to view the ceremony is little island type of place called Malviya Dwip. From there you can view the ceremony from front side. 02. If you do not want to sit on the floor (which is free) there are some wooden platform are there which is run by local families. They will charge you Rs.25 Per person. 03. Some fake people may come to you and ask for donations. You are not supposed to give any donation to any one. However the place and ceremony is maintained by Ganga Sabha so if you want you can donate them. 04. Try to avoid priests if you dont want to do any Pooja (prayers) because after little prayer they expect money from you.
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“Aarti”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

I was here as photographer in January 2013 which was the time when many Sadhus went to the Kumbh Mela in Allaahbab, so there were a lot less people in town and the lights flowing in the stream of Mata Ganga were not that many, but nevertheless very beautiful.

Visited January 2013
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

The whole ceremony was very emotional and peaceful.the pundits were demanding for a lot of money and that is a disgrace to the entire community. Bad impression of this scared place. Their demands are very big and when it is not fulfilled then they get nasty. Tourists get very scared

Visited January 2013
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“peaceful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

even the gongs bang there is chanting the feeling is one i will not forget. the spirit that is there with all the Hindu devotees, fills you happiness. we went on 2 nights as we wanted to be part of it again, ad it was just as moving

Visited January 2013
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“Powerful experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

This is one experience not to be missed in Haridwar. We went twice, first time we were on the side where the priests were doing the aarti and we really felt as though we were part of it. The following night we watched it from the steps across the river and could see more, so both locations were good in different ways. The best thing was that it felt totally authentic, everyone was really a part of the worship and fully participating in it. We later went to the aarti in Varanasi and were disappointed as it seemed more like a performance compared with the raw energy and devotion in Haridwar.

As with most Hindu worship the aarti seems quite chaotic, so colourful, packed with people everywhere, flowers, candles, noise, full of life and fascinating to observe. It seems to embody the essence of India and should not be missed.

Visited November 2012
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“Spend your evenings here..”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

You dont have to be believer in the divinity of the Ganga to enjoy this beautiful spectacle at Har ki Pauri in the evenings. Timings depend on the season, your hotel would be able to guide you on the same. It's better to reach early to get vantage point on the stairs opposite.

Visited March 2012
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