Rishikesh is an ancient pilgrimage site situated in the foothills of the shivalik range in Garhwal Himalayas. Rishikesh is welcomes the river ganga to the plain areas. Innumerable temples, groups of monks in saffron clothes, enchanting sounds of vedic hymns and the divine holiness.
Ganga Aarti in Rishikesh is performed at Triveni Ghat in Rishikesh. Ganga Aarti in Triveni Ghat Rishikesh is one of the most famous in Rishikesh.
Visit to Rishikesh is not complete if you have not seen its Ganga Aarti. Meaning & Importance Ganga Aarti Ganga Aarti means prayer for River Ganga. Prayers are dedicated to gods and godesses.
River Ganga is not just a river in India, It is Divine Mother. River Ganga gives life in the form of water. The same water also removes sins when you take a dip in its holy water. River Ganga also gives liberation to souls. Its not just a river but whole culture itself. Historically millions of people are living on the bank of the river ganga. For agriculture her water is still precious for India. River Ganga is considered godess which was originally living in heaven.
Saint Bhagirath made a long meditation to give liberation to his ancestors (reduced to ashes due to curse of sage Kapil). He was blessed with Ganga by gods. Lord Shiva held her to reduce her mighty flow. When Ganga flow on the remainings of acncestors of Bhagirath they got Moksha (Liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth). Following the same tradition still Hindu people offer remainings of their dead relatives (after bunring the body) to the river Ganga and expect the moksha for them. In the name of the saint Bhagirath river ganga is known as Bhagirathi at the source and gets name Ganga when it is meeting Alaknanda River at Devprayag.
Since hundreds of years people are considering river ganga as holy river and it became part of thier life where they come to get moksha for their relatives which passed away and to remove thier sins. The Ganga Aarti is kind of thanks giving to River Ganga.History of Ganga AartiIt is very difficult to say when the tradition of Ganga Aarti started.
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