Venturing Into Spirituality
I wandered in many places in India when I ventured into spirituality. Among the many places that I knew at some point, I will visit was Rishikesh, known as the Yoga Capital of the World. I enjoyed my time staying in the Parmath Niketan Ashram. I met beautiful people and celebrated Christmas and New Years here as well. I attended the Parmath Niketan Ganga Aarti every evening. The Ganges or Ganga River is a sacred river worship by Hindus. Aarti is a ritual that uses fire as an offering and is performed in front of Ganges River every evening in Haridwar, Rishikesh, and Varanasi. The aarti starts with the singing of devotional songs, prayers, and then a ritual takes place around the fire god for purification. Lamps are also lit and what I enjoyed is that anyone who attends Parmath Niketan aarti gets the opportunity to hold the lamps.
Mother Ganga (Ganges River) is known as the remover of all of the pain and suffering that holds us back from finding our ultimate potential. Taking a dip in the Ganges River helps you to remove your sins. And because the aarti is performed in front of the Ganges River, it is a time to ask the Divine to remove our pains and bring the inner peace within. All types of religions worshippers are welcome to the aarti and even non-believers. The idea is to come into terms on who you were, your past mistakes, ask for forgiveness, and wake up from the dream that you have been dreaming.