Ganga Arati at Bagbazar Ghat | Kolkata

 

The Ganga Arati conducted at Chhote Lal Durga Prasad ghat (almost adjacent to Asia’s largest flower market – the Mullick ghat flower market ) – is probably the only place in Kolkata where you can perform the arati yourself.

But here at Bagbazar Ghat, for the last 5 years (started by Ganga Mission Welfare Society from the 22 nd of August 2010)  there has been taking place another form of the Ganga Arati – which resembles the Benarasi style( from the holy city of Benaras ), although on a smaller scale.

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The Ganga Arati at Bagbazar Ghat takes place 365 days of the year, starting roughly from 6.30 pm in the evening (On weekends it may start a little late)

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The preparations start almost an hour ago, cleaning the stairs, preparing the ‘oil lamps’, making seating arrangements for the people who gather everyday to witness this wonderful event.

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The oil lamp is prepared by individually soaking the cotton buds in oil and placing them into the corresponding slots.

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It begins with the blowing of the conch by the two priests.

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The oil lamps are lit and ready . Step by step, one after the other the priests perform the Arati with utmost devotion and perfect synchronization.

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The air filled with the aroma of the amber incense sticks and camphor (Korpur) from the lamps.

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The Ganga Arati at Bagbazar Ghat is an absolute feast for the eyes.You have to watch it yourself to feel the devotion and energy. 

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So when are you planning to witness this wondrous event ?


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