Showing posts with label Arati. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Arati. Show all posts

Hinduism And Hindu Theology - What Is Arati?

Arati is the act of presenting a lit lamp to a god. 

  • The god may take various forms, including a portrait, statue, symbol (svayambhu image) such as the shalagram, or even a natural phenomena such as the Ganges River. 
  • The arati lamp is often a shallow jar with a ring-shaped handle to shield one's hands and a cotton wick saturated in oil or clarified butter. 
  • This is one of the sixteen upacharas (traditional gifts) made to a god during devotion. 
  • The giving of light is this specific deed. 

Arati is the most popular form of Hindu devotion, done on a daily basis in Hindu households and temples all over the globe. 

  • Because of this, the term arati is often used to any act of worship, including the singing of panegyric songs during liturgy. 
  • Arati also helped to offer the devotees (bhakta) in the temples a better view of the god before electric lights were developed, when the temples were considerably darker.

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