Meaning of Aarti
Aarti, also spelled arti, arathi, aarthi, arati or arthi is a Hindu ritual, in which light from wicks soaked in ghee (purified butter) or camphor is offered to one or more deities. Aarti also refers to the songs sung in praise of the deity, when offering of lamps is being offered.
Aarti are Hindi prayer songs, which is sung in a chorus, to address god and goddess with the waving of lamps before gods. The Hindu ritual of aarti is derived from the ancient Vedic concept of fire ceremony which is referred to as the “homa”. The word “aarti” can be broken up into two words in Sanskrit “aa” means “towards or to” and “rati” means “right or virtue or the highest love for god”.
Aarti is performed in all auspicious occasions. Aarti is generally performed one to five times daily and usually at the end of a puja or bhajan session. It is performed during almost all Hindu ceremonies and occasions. It involves the circulating of an 'Aarti plate' around a person or deity and is generally accompanied by the singing of songs in praise of that deva or person (many versions exist). In doing so, the plate itself is supposed to acquire the power of the deity. The priest circulates the plate to all those present. They cup their down-turned hands over the flame and then raise their palms to their forehead - the purificatory blessing, passed from the deva's image to the flame, have now been passed to the devotee.
In India aarti is also performed in several occasions among people of high status, little kids ceremonies, on people embarking or returning to home from a long journey, or a newly married couple when they enter the house for the first time, in front of a person either as a welcome gesture or towards off bad influences of him. Meanwhile this ritual is performed for destroying the bad evils and bad omens.
The aarti plate is generally made of metal, usually silver, bronze or copper. On it must repose a lamp made of kneaded flour, mud or metal, filled with oil or ghee. A cotton wick is put into the oil and then lighted, or camphor is burnt instead. The plate also contains flowers, incense and akshata.
The purpose of performing aarti is the waving of lighted wicks before the deities in a spirit of humility and gratitude, wherein faithful followers become immersed in God's divine form. It symbolises the five elements:
Water (Jal), and
Communal Aarti is performed in the mandir; however, devotees also perform it in their homes.
|1||Badrinath Aarti - Pawan Mandh Sugandh Sheetal|
|2||Basukinath Baba Aarti - Bimal Vibhuti|
|3||Bhairav Ji Aarti - Jai Bhairav Lala|
|4||Bhoothnath Baba Aarti - Jai Bhoothnath Baba|
|5||Ganesha Aarti - Ganpati Ki Seva Mangal Mewa|
|6||Ganesha Aarti - Jai Ganesh Jai Ganesh|
|7||Hanuman Ji Aarti - Aarti Kije Hanuman Lala Ki|
|8||Jagdish Aarti - Om Jai Jagdish Hare|
|9||Jankinath Bhagwan Aarti - Jai Jankinatha|
|10||Jeen Mata Aarti - Om Jai Shree Jeen Maiya|
|11||Krishna Ji Aarti - Aarti Kunjbihari Ki|
|12||Maa Bhagwati Aarti - Sun Meri Devi Parwat|
|13||Maa Durga Aarti - Jai Ambe Gauri|
|14||Maa Kali Aarti - Ambe Tu Hai Jagdambe|
|15||Maa Kali Aarti - Mangal Ki Seva|
|16||Maa Kali Aarti - Prema Sahitaa Nita Karun|
|17||Maa Lakshmi Aarti - Mahalakshmi Namastubhya|
|18||Maa Santoshi Aarti - Jai Santoshi Mata|
|19||Maa Vaisno Devi Aarti - Sun Meri Devi Parwat|
|20||Maa Vindhyachal Aarti - Sun Meri Devi Parwat|
|21||Pitar Ji Aarti - Jai Jai Pitar Ji Maharaj|
|22||Ramdev Ji Aarti - Om Jai Azmal Lala|
|23||Ramdev Ji Aarti - Picham Dhara Su|
|24||Rani Sati Ji Aarti - Om Jai Shree Rani Sati Maiya|
|25||Satya Narayan Bhagwan Aarti - Jai Lakshmi Ramana|
|26||Shitala Mata Aarti - Jai Shitala Mata|
|27||Shiva Aarti - Jai Shiv Onkara|
|28||Shiva Aarti - Sish Gang Ardhang Parvati|
|29||Shreemad Bhagbat Ji Aarti - Aarti Ati Pawan Puran Ki|
|30||Shyam Ji Aarti - Om Jai Shree Shyam Hare|
|31||Tulsi Ji Aarti - Dhanya Tapasya Teri|
|32||Vishnu Aarti - Om Jai Jagdish Hare|
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