priests spend an hour praying by the Ganges River as part of the Aarti Ceremony – a tradition that calls Hindu pilgrims to travel to Varanasi, India in droves each year. Hindus believe that they will reach Heaven if they are able to bath in the Ganges River and witness the Aarti Ceremony.
The Aarti ceremony is a worship ritual where light from wicks soaked in ghee (purified butter) or camphor is offered to one or more deities. The hour long ceremony includes chanting, burning of incenses and creates an enchanting musical evening as people ring bells and a drummer keeps the tempo.
Varanasi is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and the oldest in India. It’s considered the holiest city for Hindus.