Created 12-Jun-12
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The evening prayers (aarti) at dusk serve as a salutation to the river. Oil lamps are offered and bells rung while sacred Mantras are chanted. To sit in a small boat on the bankss and share the experience of prayers, the smells, audience participation is something rather special. Aarti is said to have descended from the Vedic concept of fire rituals, or homa. In the traditional aarti ceremony, the flower represents the earth (solidity), the water and accompanying handkerchief correspond with the water element (liquidity), the lamp or candle represents the fire component (heat), the peacock fan conveys the precious quality of air (movement), and the yak-tail fan represents the subtle form of ether (space). The incense represents a purified state of mind, and one’s "intelligence" is offered through the adherence to rules of timing and order of offerings. Thus, one’s entire existence and all facets of material creation are symbolically offered to the Lord via the aarti ceremony
Leaving our Lodging at Assi Ghat0Sun is setting lights are flickeringGorgeous moon in the opposite bankCrowds gatherMy lamp and the moon- low light photo with Nikon 50mm/1.8Boy selling flowers

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