Aarti at Varanasi Ghats
There are many regions to make a trip to this holy land
of Uttar Pradesh, where you will find, with for every occasion there are
separate rituals and ceremonies. From the ritual bath to Havana, Yagna and
Puja there are various rituals which are performed by the individuals as
well as in groups. These rituals are well associated with the fairs and
festival. Every occasion has its own rituals performed by every one. On
some special occasions sadhus ask the people to perform the Pujas or
Havans (lightning of sacred fire) for their safety, prosperity, or simply
to make their deities happy.
The state has a very important place in the religion of Hinduism. The temples and ghats situated on the banks of river Ganges are the main reason for thousands of devotees to make a visit every day and perform the rituals that are very specific to this place as it cannot be performed at any other place.
The most holy sites for performing rituals are Allahabad, Mathura, Vrindawan and Varanasi.
Holy Bath on the Ganges
The most sacred and the basic ritual in Hinduism is
taking the bath in the holy water of river Ganga and Yamuna. As it is
compulsory for every Hindu to take a dip in Ganges once in a life time,
many devotees travel to these ghats to wash away their sins in the holy
water of Ganga. The most suitable time for this ritual is at the time of
sunrise, at this time besides bathing devotees also offer prayers to the
sun. Immediately after bathing prayers are offered to the one or more
deities along the gifts which usually consists of the fruits and sweets.
The temple priest give the food as Prashad to the devotes who visit the
temple, it is blessings from the god. Plan a tour to the state of temples
and ghats and wash away your sins in the holy water and you will achieve
the spiritual Nirvana as well as the salvation from the cycle of birth and
The other important ritual of the Ganga ghats is Aarti. The aarti is a Hindu ritual, in which light from the wicks soaked in purified butter is offered to deities. This ritual is performed and sung to develop the sublime love for gods.
Thousands of people from across the globe throng these holy destinations to perform Yagnas (lightning of holy fire to get rid of all evils and ills). It is considered very auspicious among the Hindus to perform a Havan forthe prosperity and the good luck before starting of any new work. The Havan is performed only in the supervision of the priest who recites the mantra in front of the Havan- Kund (An iron box in which fire is lit). With the recitation of every mantra ghee (butter) is poured on the fire. Be apart of this Havan ceremony and listen the mantras in the sweet incense of sandalwood. It will be an amazing experience. Due provisions can be made for performing of Havan ceremony if told in advance, may be a day before to the priest.
Every where in the state it is a common practice to offer the prayers to the Deities. Singing the songs of their greatness, reciting the holy scriptures and at the same time asking their help for betterment, protection and well being of the family is also a form of Puja. In Hinduism prayers can be offered to all the things with the religious significance, right from a small stone to huge mountains. You can experience this unique rituals every where in India right from the temples to trees but the holy ghats of the state give you a peculiar view. Mundan is a ceremony of removing the hair. The ritual is performed by the male members of the family to achieve the purity after any member in the family passes away and usually is done after bathing in the river Ganga. On the other occasion the hair of the child is removed in order to gain more intelligence and wisdom.
Buddhist Prayer Wheel
People from all over the world visit Uttar Pradesh to offer prayers to Lord Buddha at Sarnath and Kaushambi. Lord Buddha - the preacher of the Buddhism who enlightened the soul of whole world with his wisdom has made it clear that four things constitute the basic ritual among the Buddhists. Meditation, the mental concentration and mindfulness is the thumb rule followed by Mantras, the sacred sounds; Mudras, symbolic hand gestures and Prayer wheel, reciting mantras with the turn of the wheel. The other sect of Buddhists are of the opinion that only three components are required to perform the ritual: recitation, chanting and making of offerings. Come and share the platform with Buddhists you will personally feel that the Buddhist rituals really bring peace to the mind and soul.
Take a holiday to Uttar Pradesh and perform the ritual ceremonies to attain ultimate path of wisdom. You will experience the rejuvenation of your body and soul by indulging into these spiritual codes of conduct. Some of the ceremonies are very special to the place and are not performed any where, therefore it is important that the ritual ceremonies should be performed on the exact time, date and with perquisite accessories to gain the ultimate blessings. You will be amazed to know that most of the rituals revolve round the Ganga ghats of these holy cities of Allahabad, Varanasi and temples of Ayudha-Vrindavan and the famous Buddhist Sites.
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