Aarati: worth watching ritual worship while traveling Nepal

11 Aug 2016


Located on bank of River Bagmati, Pashupatinath Temple is the most important Hindu Temple of Nepal. The temple is surrounded by many other small temples and bustling markets of religious stalls.  However those Hindus are not allowed to get inside the temple, they can still visit the exteriors, funeral place, river and most importantly Aarati ceremony that is held every evening on the opposite site of Pashupatinath temple.

Similar with one that is held same on the bank of holy Ganga river in Varanasi, India. It quite resembles for what people have their on its values, gathering in holy river banks for burning holy flames in those sacred places exhibit hope of all well wishes.  The Aarati in Pashupatinath is offered to all the Hindus gods and goddess, specially to holy River Bagmati, Pashupatinath (Lord shiva) and Parbati (Shiva’s consort). The ceremony lasts as long about an hour following the tradition and customs of Hinduism. It is divided into two parts – lights and music where visitors can also hum with locals and dance with Sadhus.

The Aarati is worth watching during your traveling Nepal. The Aarati starts with worship to the Panchayan deities – Shiva, Vishnu, Durga, Surya and Ganesh – with coal incense that is burn with vegetable oil and different kind of woods. Right after the ritual worship, three large structures with fifty four diyo (small oil-lamp) are rise to the Lord Shive. First the priests dip the lights four times on the bottom; circle it seven times on the top in perfectly synchronized motions. Hindus believe that lights are liked by gods and a prayer is incomplete without burning diyo.

The famous Hindus ritual worship Aarati is not only an offering to gods, regardless it is becoming an important tourism attraction that you shouldn’t missed while you are in Nepal visit.