Arti, (Hindi “the ceremony of lights”) Sanskrit “Aratrika”, in Hindu rituals is the offering of lighted divas before an image of a god or goddesses. In performing the ritual the worshiper circles the diva in a clockwise direction while chanting a prayer or singing a hymn. Aarti is one of the most frequently observed parts of both temple and home pooja. The god or goddess is honoured by the lighted ghee (clarified butter) or camphor and is protected by the invocation of the deities of the directions of the compass.
The eve before one of the most popular Hindu festivals of 2020. I can’t help but take time out for reflection. Navratri has always been a festival dear to my heart. Maybe it’s because of how much I adore and admire the Hindu Goddesses. Their symbolism, their power “shakti”, what they represent. The empowerment for women from within. The fight of good over evil. Find out how we are celebrating in 2020.