Each evening the boats on the River Ganga converge at the Dashashwamedha Ghat for the magical Aarti. Five-seven young priests follow a practiced routine with flaming lamps, incense sticks, conches and other holy paraphernalia to a live bhajan sung on the microphone – the synchrony is mesmerizing. The Aarti for the first time was performed when Lord Shiva visited the city, it was repeated when various Maharajas explored these Ghats to take a holy dip in River Ganga. Most of it is repeated every single day for the average pilgrim coming to Varanasi from around the world. The evening ends with devotees and visitors offering small leaf baskets with a burning lamp inside and flowers to the river. Possibly one of the most picturesque spectacles in Varanasi, you can witness it from the middle of the river resting on a boat. The Aarti takes place in the evening after the sunset for around 45 minutes at the Dashashwamedh Ghat in the Varanasi. Devotees start to gather at the Ghat at least one hour before it starts. Now the Ganga Arti is performed at other Ghats also.

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