Photographer's Note

It has been surprising to me to see that aarti ceremony is performed also in Nepal. It reminds me of the one I saw in Varanasi. So, to compare them, I have looked at my archive. And why not to show it also to you. As one can see, they are very similar.

It was one of the most magical events during my India journey. Every evening at sunset, this ceremony takes place at the Dasaswamedh Ghat. It is awesome. There are 5 platforms set along the bank of the Ganges, and on each platform, a priest is doing the puja. After the ceremony hundreds of little candles are floating to the sea- (these candles are placed upon the little baskets, made from banana-leaves & flowers). They are sent into the river in remembrance of departed loved ones, as a gift to Mother Ganga. it is an incredible view. We also sent some marigolds in tiny baskets.

It is like a spectacle in the theater, with music and all carefully directed. People can observed it from the chairs placed behind the ceremony places but also from the boats on the river. Most of the visitors are Indians but the tourists are welcomed.
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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12544 W: 133 N: 32325] (148981)
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