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Photo Essay : Ganga Aarti ceremony at the Har-ki-Pauri ghats near Haridwar

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Photo Essay : Ganga Aarti ceremony at the Har-ki-Pauri ghats near Haridwar
Har-ki-Pauri (meaning the "Steps of Lord Shiva") is a famous ghat located on the banks of the Ganges river near Haridwar. It is here that the Ganges finally leaves the mountains and enters the plains of North India.

Every evening, the local priests perform a Ganga Aarti ceremony to welcome the revered river to the plains of India. It is a spectacular ceremony of fire and songs, participated and performed by thousands of people who gather here from all over the country.

This post is a brief photo summary from my visit to ceremony back in August 2010. My visit to Har-ki-Pauri coincided with the annual Kanwar mela and there were hundreds of thousands of pilgrims camped out by the river to take part in the mela celebrations.

Note: The photos are best viewed in a browser which understands ICC color profiles like IE9, Safari or Firefox (Google Chrome sucks for viewing photos).

Vendors and stalls catering to the needs of the pilgrims and the tourists alike.

Just behind the Har-ki-Pauri ghats you'll find numerous stalls and vendors peddling all kinds of stuff a discerning pilgrim would desire. The stalls are packed with cheap and mouth watering delicacies like chat, pooris, kulfis and lassi to sate ravenous pilgrim coming there after an intense session of prayers and chantings. It was great fun to walk along the stalls to photograph everything that was on offer there.

Saravana Kumar

Just another wandering soul trying to find my place in the world. After over 10 years working behind computers, I quit my job to follow my passions. To travel to and photograph the most beautiful and remote corners of the world. I created Kettik as a platform for travelers to showcase their travels to the world.
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