Ganga Aarti Haridwar is held in Har Ki Pauri Ghat. If you are in Haridwar or thinking to visit Haridwar then you definitely have to attend Ganga Aarti. The Ganga Aarti of Haridwar is dedicated to Holy river, Ganga. Ganga river is the lifeline for millions of people. It provides drinking water, water for agriculture. Entire north India literally depends on holy Ganga and that is why in north India Ganga is worshiped.
The Ganga Arti of Haridwar is done by the pundits elected by the Ganga Sabha. The Ganga Sabha is an NGO that operates Ganga Aarti and this sabha also looks after the ghats with the help of the government. In 1910, the ritual of Ganga Aarti was started by Pundit Madan Mohan Malaviya in Pauri of Har.
Har Ki Pauri means “Foot of God”. This is one of the holiest places in Haridwar. Laksh of devotees gathers here during Kumbh Mela the biggest festival of Hindu religion.
The timing of Ganga Aarti Haridwar
Ganga Aarti is held twice a day, one morning at sunrise and second at sunset time. If you are going to take part in Ganga Arti, then you reach the Har Ki Pauri Ghat before sunrise or sunset. Below is the timing of Har ki Pauri Ganga Aarti Haridwar, we recommend you to reach 30 minutes before the aarti start. First of all, this will be the advantage that you will get a good place in the ghat so that you can take full advantage of Ganga Aarti.
In summer, from March to October, the time of Ganga Aarti is between 5:00 and 6:50 in the morning and the evening’s aarti takes place from 5:30 to 7:00.
During winters, from November to February, the time of Ganga Aarti is between 6:30 and 7:00 in the morning and the evening’s aarti takes place from 5:00 to 5:30.
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Ganga Aarti Haridwar Ceremony
Every evening thousands of devotees gather in Har ki Pauri to join the Ganga Aarti. In a common day, about 2000 to 10000 people come here to see Ganga Aarti. And in any festival such as Basant Panchami, Shivratri, the number of people becomes in lakhs.
As the time of Ganga Arti comes near, the number of people in the Ghat continues to grow. Some people come early in the ghat to get a perfect spot. Near the Har Ki Pauri Ghat, there is a temple of Maa Ganga from where the statue of Ganga is brought to the Ghat by the pundits and other Ganga Sabha members. Initially, Pandit strikes the bell to start the aarti and start pronouncing the mantras. The pronunciation of mantras reaches all the devotees present in the ceremony through the loudspeakers.
Prior to starting Ganga Aarti, the Pundit first worshiped the idol of Mother Ganga. According to the Hindu custom the pundit offers milk, yogurt, ghee etc to the idol of Mother Ganga. This offering of milk and ghee is not in high quantity they offer 1 spoons of each thing.
Ganga Aarti is started by the Pandit after a break. A five-minute hymn/aarti is sung by the pundits and the whole crowd during the aarti of Ganga Mata. If you do not know about the aarti then just follow the locals. After the aarti, the devotees take blessing and Prashad of Goddess Ganga.
How to go for Ganga Aarti Haridwar
If you are staying in a hotel in Haridwar then first try to book a hotel room near Har Ki Pauri. If your hotel is little far from Har Ki Pauri then you can take an auto to attend the Ganga Aarti ceremony. However, it is not so tough to reach Har ki Pauri as it near to the national highway. If you are traveling by car or bike you can ask anyone the way of the Ghat or you can take the help of GPS.