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Importance of Aarati in Puja

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In worship of a God in temples or at homes aarati is considered to be the most important part of it.

In worship of a God in temples or at homes aarati is considered to be the most important part of it. Aarati is performed as an act of veneration and love. It is often performed as a mark of worship and to seek blessings from God. It is a Hindu religious ritual of worship, a form of Puja in which light from wicks soaked in ghee is offered of lamps is being offered. It is said that Aarati performed in Mustarded oil also brings happiness. And for more effective Aarati then you can dip a wick in til oil. The word may also refer to the traditional Hindu devotional song that is sung during the aarati. It is performed and sung to develop the highest love for God. Aarati is always performed after all the rituals engaged in worship. Actually it is performed to say sorry if we did during your adoration oh Lord. Worship is incomplete without aarati as we are Surrender ourselves on the charan of deity.  




The word Aarati has a very significant meaning in Sanskrit. Aa means towards or to and rati means right or virtue. The aarati is thus an expression of ones complete and unflinching love towards God. It is sung and performed with deep sense of reverence, adoration and meditative awareness. It is said to have descended from the Vedic concept of the rituals or homa. In traditional aarati ceremony, the flower represents the earth, the water as liquidity, the lamp or candle represents fire component the peacock fan states the precious quality of air as movement. The incense represents a purified state of mind is offered through the adherence to rules timing and order of offerings. Thus, ones entire existence and all facets of material creation are offered to Lord in the form of Aarati.





For performing aarati, five small lamps called niranjans are filled with ghee or mustarded or til oil which should be arranges in a small metal tray. A wick is made out of cotton wool and placed in the lamps, the wick soaked in ghee. A conch Shell filled with water, decorate your thaali with flowers. The lamps are lit and the tray is rotated in a clockwise motion in front of the idol of Lord. The reason for this is to ward off evils effects and malefic influence of the evil eye. Aarati is also performed to express sorry for all the mistakes have been done during puja and aarati is performed at the end of the Puja.





The Hymns rhymed in an aarati which are in praise of the deities, also entail an earnest prayer made unto God to win to his grace. The God who showers his blessings is pleased with the praises and worship of the one who offers aarati. A prayer is joyously sung to the accompaniment of musical instruments, which including drums, bells, conch-shell etc. In temples, the priest always rings a small bell while waving the diya or aarati thaal and sings the hymns to the deity. After the Aarati, the lighted wicks are passed around the congregation to allow the devotees to receive the blessings created within flames. It is a custom that the devotees down-turned hands over the flames and then touches them to their eyes and head.   



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