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‘Pokhara - Hindu religious rituals on the lakeside’


One evening walking along the shores of the Phewa Lake, I noticed that a number of chairs were placed for attending an event. I was curious about what would happen and waited.
It turned out that Nepalese Hindu priests were going to perform an Aarti ceremony.
I noticed that some Hindu attendees took pictures. Also westerners were able to attend the performance and take photos.

Aarti is a Hindu religious ritual of worship, a part of puga (a worship ritual performed to offer devotional homage and prayer to one or more deities, to host and honour a guest, or to spiritually celebrate an event).
Important for Aarti is that a light (usually from a flame) is offered to one or more deities.
The word Aarti can also refer to the songs sung in praise of the deity, when the light is being offered.

When aarti is performed, the performer faces the deity of god (or divine element, e.g. Ganges river) and concentrates on the form of god by looking into the eyes of the deity (it is said that eyes are the windows to the soul) to get immersed.
The flame of the aarti illuminates the various parts of the deity so that the performer and onlookers may better see and concentrate on the form.

The information about Aarti comes from Wikipedia.

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  • Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5361 W: 17 N: 13042] (52316)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2019-11-17
  • Exposure: 30 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2020-08-06 7:13
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