This photograph was taken during the Ganga Aarti—a ceremony full of music, song, and offering of gratitude to the divine. Everyone in the crowd feels the presence of God, from the ashram boys who administer the ceremony to the visiting westerners like me.
Parmarth Niketan is known for a large statue of Shiva that sits at the bank of the Ganga River where aarti takes place every evening at sunset. This past summer, monsoons caused massive flooding that swept Shiva away. What remains is a broken platform, but aarti continues. Every night, you can still feel devotion come alive through the singing, clapping, and swaying of people from around the world.
<a href=”https://www.enroutetraveler.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/bio_JeanetteLee.jpg”><img alt=”Jeanette Lee” src=”https://www.enroutetraveler.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/bio_JeanetteLee.jpg” width=”72″ height=”72″ /></a>Jeanette is a contributing editor to En Route Traveler who enjoys exploring the United States and faraway places like India, Belize, and Korea. She works in the Washington, DC metropolitan area as an attorney and Registered Yoga Teacher. Jeanette creates yoga practices that connect our modern city-dwelling selves back to the natural cycles of life; learn more on her website: <a title=”Soulfire Yoga” href=”http://www.soulfireyoga.com/” target=”_blank”>soulfireyoga.com</a>.