Weather Gujarat Elections. This story is from October 17, However, very few know that the words were originally composed on the banks of Narmada by a Surti poet Shivanand Vamdev Pandya who later became Swami Shivanand. Navratri is devoted to the worship of Goddess Amba. Devotees, especially Gujaratis, celebrate the festival reciting this melodious 'aarti' for Ma Amba. He was born to Vamdev Harihar Pandya in
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Aarati s also refers to the songs sung in praise of the deity, when the light is being offered. 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 ghee or oil lamp 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.
Aarti can be simple to extravagant, but always includes flame or light. It is sometimes performed one to five times daily, and usually at the end of a puja in southern India or bhajan session in northern India. It is performed during almost all Hindu ceremonies and occasions. It involves the circulating of an 'Aarti plate' or 'Aarti lamp' around a person or deity and is generally accompanied by the congregation singing songs in praise of that deva or person - many versions exist.
In most versions the plate, lamp, or flame represents the power of the deity. The priest circulates the plate or lamp to all those present.
They cup their down-turned hands over the flame and then raise their palms to their forehead — the blessing has now been passed to the devotee. The aarti plate is generally made of metal, usually silver, bronze or copper. On it must repose a lamp made of kneaded flour, mud or metal, filled with oil or ghee. One or more cotton wicks always an odd number are put into the oil and then lighted, or camphor is burnt instead.
The plate may also contain flowers, incense and akshata rice. The purpose of performing aarti is the waving of lighted wicks before the deities in a spirit of humility and gratitude, wherein faithful followers become immersed in god's divine form. It symbolises the five elements :. For example, it can be a form of respect when performed to elders, prayers when performed to deities, or hope when performed for homes or vehicles.
Emotions and prayers are often silent while doing Aarti, but this is determined by the person carrying out the ritual or the holiday involved. It's also believed that goodwill and luck can be taken through symbolic hand movements over the flame. When aarti is performed, the performer faces the deity of god or divine element, e. Ganges river and concentrates on the form of god by looking into the eyes of the deity it is said that eyes are the windows to the soul to get immersed.
The flame of the aarti illuminates the various parts of the deity so that the performer and onlookers may better see and concentrate on the form. Aarti is waved in circular fashion, in clockwise manner around the deity. After every circle or second or third circle , when Aarti has reached the bottom 6—8 o'clock position , the performer waves it backwards while remaining in the bottom 4—6 o'clock position and then continues waving it in clockwise fashion. The idea here is that aarti represents our daily activities, which revolves around god, a center of our life.
Looking at god while performing aarti reminds the performer and the attendees of the aarti to keep god at the center of all activities and reinforces the understanding that routine worldly activities are secondary in importance. This understanding would give the believers strength to withstand the unexpected grief and keeps them humble and remindful of god during happy moments.
Apart from worldly activities aarti also represents one's self - thus, aarti signifies that one is peripheral to godhead or divinity. This would keep one's ego down and help one remain humble in spite of high social and economic rank. A third commonly held understanding of the ritual is that aarti serves as a reminder to stay vigilant so that the forces of material pleasures and desires cannot overcome the individual.
Just as the lighted wick provides light and chases away darkness, the vigilance of an individual can keep away the influence of the material world. Aarti is not only limited to god. Aarti can performed not only to all forms of life, but also inanimate objects which help in progress of the culture. This is exemplified by performer of the aarti waving aarti to all the devotees as the aarti comes to the end — signifying that everyone has a part of god within that the performer respects and bows down to.
It is also a common practice to perform aarti to inanimate objects like vehicles, electronics etc. It is similar to the ritual of doing auspicious red mark s using kanku kumkum and rice. Hinduism has a long tradition of aarti songs, simply referred to as 'Aarti', sung as an accompaniment to the ritual of aarti. It primarily eulogizes to the deity the ritual is being offered to, and several sects have their own version of the common aarti songs that are often sung on chorus at various temples, during evening and morning aartis.
Sometimes they also contain snippets of information on the life of the gods. The most commonly sung aarti is that which is dedicated to all deities is Om Jai Jagdish Hare , known as "The Universal Aarti" and is another common aarti song.
In Ganesha worship, the aarti Sukhakarta Dukhaharta is popular. In most temples in India, aarti is performed at least twice a day, after the ceremonial puja , which is the time when the largest number of devotees congregates. In Pushtimarg Havelis, aarti is performed by a sole mukhiyaji priest while Haveli Sangeet Kirtan is being sung.
Devotees only watch the aarti being done and do not get to take a major part in it. During bhajan or utsavs festivals celebrated at home, Jai Jai Shree Yamuna is sung while devotees perform aarti.
It is said that Sandhya Aarti is done to see if Lord Shrinathji had gotten hurt while playing outside because it is performed after sundown. In Sikhism the aarti sung is Gagan mein thaal. Aarti performed at southern Indian temples consists of offering a camphor lamp or oil lamp to the Deities and then distributing it to the devotees, who line up.
They hover their hands over the flame and touch their hands to their eyes, this may be done once or three times. It is the last ritual performed in puja. In Gaudiya Vaishnavism , aarti refers to the whole puja ritual, of which offering the lamp is only one part. A shankha conch is blown to start the aarti, then an odd number of incense sticks are offered to the deity. The lamp is offered next, and then circulated among the devotees. A conch is then filled with water, and offered; the water is then poured into a sprinkler and sprinkled over the devotees.
A cloth and flowers are then offered, and the flowers are circulated to the devotees, who sniff them. The deity is then fanned with a camara whisk, and a peacock fan in hot countries. During the Bengali festival Durga Puja ritual drummers — dhakis , carrying large leather-strung dhak , show off their skills during ritual dance worships called Aarati or Dhunuchi dance.
The concept is similar to bowing before Guru Granth Sahib on knees. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Aarti disambiguation.
Hindu religious ritual of worship, a part of puja, in which light is offered. Main traditions. Vaishnavism Shaivism Shaktism Smartism. Rites of passage. Philosophical schools. Gurus, saints, philosophers. Other texts. Text classification. Other topics. Group arati at the Dashashwamedh Ghat.
See also: Natyashastra. Essential Hinduism. Praeger Publishers. This, the very best food, is the finest offering a devotee can give to God or a wife can give to her husband. Retrieved Westport: Praeger Publishers, Dances of India. Worship in Hinduism. Prayer Meditation. Firewalking Sanskara Temple dance.
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