Thursday, October 2, 2008

Ganga Aarti at Haridwar

Haridwar is situated at the gateway of the Himalayas where the sacred river Ganga enters the plains .
"Haridwar " means in Sanskrit the gateway to God (Hari) , the Himalayas being the abode of the Gods .

The aarti ( waving of holy lights in clockwise circles ) worship of the Ganga is done here every evening at sunset .

Gratitude is expressed to the river Ganga for sustaining life for 200 million people , a fifth of India's population .

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