Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Meaning of Arti
Some people have asked me if my name has something to do with art! Actually, no. Arti is a word derived from Sanskrit. Only it is spelled "aarti" usually. (however, my parents thought "Arti" was better spelling!)
In Sanskrit, the term aarti can be broken up into two words - "aa' meaning "towards" and "rati" meaning the "highest love for God."
The Hindu ritual of aarti accrues from the ancient Vedic concept of fire ceremony or the 'homa'. Generally, one or more wicks made of cotton, or thin cloth strip, is soaked in ghee or camphor, lighted and offered to the deity.
this is a picture of the holy town of Haridwar where mass aarti is being performed for river Ganga or The Ganges, considered a deity in India.
I have taken them from a site http://travel.paintedstork.com/blog/2006/03/ganga-aarti-at-rishikesh_09.html for anyone who wishes to know more about India....