Ganga Aarti at Dasaswamedh

Aarti is a Hindu ritual, in which light from wicks soaked in ghee (purified butter) or camphor is offered and traditional Hindu devotional song is sung during the ritual.

 This is particularly interesting to see in Varanasi where elaborate Ganga Aarti at Dasaswamedh ghat is held every evening, just after sunset. As the aarti begins, young priests take their positions at the platform and begin swinging the lamp to the tune of chants. Incenses are burnt, hundreds of floating candles, flowers, and food are released into the Ganges River.