Haridwar is famous for the Har Ki Pauri Ghat and the Ganga Aarti. The Haridwar Ganga Aarti is one of the major priorities for the pilgrims who visit Haridwar. Even if it is for a day, no one wants to miss out on the Haridwar Ganga Aarti. Watching the spell-binding Ganga Aarti can be one of the best experiences of visiting Haridwar. Also, anyone who visits Haridwar wants to get the blessings of the river goddess by taking a dip in the satisfying and soothing waters.
Ganga Aarti is the worship of the river Ganga. Numerous people visit the Haridwar Ghat every day to observe the Ganga Aarti. The priest will hold up a large fire bowls in their hands and the bells within the temples in the Ghat will start ringing all at the same time. Also, they start chanting the mantras. This whole experience is something that you will remember. It is a mesmerizing experience, especially for someone who sees the Haridwar Ganga Aarti for the first time.
What should you know about the Haridwar Ganga Aarti?
The place is famous for the Ganga Aarti at dusk among the devotees as well as the tourists. There is an interesting mythology related to the Har Ki Pauri Ghat and the Ganga Aarti. The Har Ki Pauri Ghat was built by Raja Vikram. His brother, Bhratuhari did Austerity for Lord Vishnu. When the Austerity was finished, Lord Vishnu appeared and offered him blessings. This is why the place is known as Har Ki Pauri. The term Har Ki Pauri means, footprints of god.
What are the timings of Haridwar Ganga Aarti?
The timings of Haridwar Ganga Aarti at the Har KI Pauri Ghat starts from 6:00 pm and it continues till 7:00 pm. In the morning, it starts from 5.30 am to 6.30 am at the ghat. However, if you want to watch the Ganga Aarti from the opposite end of the river ghat, then you have to reach the other bank by 4.30 pm. Otherwise, you will not get the right seating place to view.
This is the same ghat where you will also find the Clock Tower. The gate of the bridge that leads to the opposite end of the bank will close by 4.30-5.00 pm. Thus, make sure you leave the hotel/guesthouse/Dharamshala on time for joining the aarti.
How to perform the Haridwar Ganga Aarti?
On the other hand, if you want to participate in the Haridwar Ganga Aarti and do it, then you can perform it by paying a certain fee to the priests. The priests will hand over the lit-up fire lamps to you for a certain period of time and you can offer the aarti.
To avoid any confusion, reach the banks of the river where the cluster of temples are present. You might encounter a lot of pandas hovering around the ghat. Remember it is not mandatory to take the services of a panda and it is within your discretion whether you want to hire a panda or not.
You can also float diyas on the Ganga river with flowers on it. The shadow reflects on the river and the lighting diyas on the Ganga looks amazing. This is so beautiful that it cannot be expressed in words. This is a remarkable experience to participate in the Ganga Aarti performed in the evening at Har Ki Pauri.
How to reach Haridwar Ghat for Ganga Aarti?
It is easy to reach the Har Ki Pauri Ghat because it is located at the center of the city. You can reach it easily from the Haridwar bus stand as well as from the railway station. Hire an auto-rickshaw to reach the ghat.
The nearest railway station to reach Har Ki Pauri is the Haridwar railway station. It is 3 kilometers away from the ghat. The nearest airport is the Jolly Grant airport, Dehradun. It is 33 kilometers from this place.
The Haridwar Ganga Aarti is a very powerful and uplifting ritual. The aarti or offering is done to Goddess Ganga who is also referred to as Maa Ganga, the goddess of the holiest river in India.
The special significance of this aarti takes place on the day of Ganga Dussehra, celebrated in the month of May or June. It is believed that during this time, Maa Ganga descends from heaven to earth.
According to Hindu mythology, traditions, and culture, the River Ganga is not just a mere river. It is the divine mother that gifts water for the optimal growth of life on earth. It is the evening aartis with vibrant lights and diyas, that hold more attraction.
Some additional facts about the Haridwar Ganga Aarti
The aarti is done facing the river and it happens every evening on the banks of the River Ganga. With the gathering of people, pandits, loudspeakers, clanging bells, singing, flowers, diyas, and incense, it is a great overall experience. You can get this experience using the Haridwar-Rishikesh tour package.
The evening ritual starts with an idol of Ganga from a small temple located nearby. The idol of the Goddess Ganga is carried in the decorated palki to a platform located near the river. The pandits sing and dance around the river and the idol. Worshippers can seek the blessing of the idol.
Along with the Sanskrit mantras, the pandits also offer milk, honey, curd, and other articles to the idol before the aarti ceremony. There are numerous Vishnu Bhajans from Anup Jalota and Anuradha Paudwal that you will get to listen to before and after the Haridwar Ganga Aarti is performed. Some of the popular of Vishnu Bhajan songs are as follows:
- Hai Hari Naam Ko
- Achyutam Keshvam Krishna Damodaram
- Mangalam Bhagwan Vishnu
- Vishnu Amritwani
- Om Jai Jagdish Hare
While some might find it too commercial, crowded, and noisy, yet it is one of the most awe-inspiring things you will witness in India. Every day the Haridwar Ganga Aarti is done by selected pandits. The pandits are chosen by the Ganga Sabha. When you choose the services from My Tirth India, there will be a guide for you to complete the Haridwar tour. He will take you to the aarti. We can also make arrangements for you to participate in the aarti.