ARATHI AND ITS SIGNIFICANCE

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Arathi  is  usually done at the  end  of a  puja, signifying worship and submission of self to the divine. It is  performed in  a clockwise  direction around the  deity, representing God as the  centre of Life. Devotees express their  gratitude towards God while  performing the  Arathi, which is   also considered to signify the ‘Pancha Bhutas’.

 

 

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How is  Arathi performed

 

  • The Arathi is performed lighting a  wick or burning camphor.
  • The cotton wick or cotton bathi is made from pure cotton
  • The wick or bathi is normally kept in a  metal plate, usually brass.
  • These plates come in various  forms and they have  their own significance.
  • The bathi used for Arathi usually comes in the form of thin strands which can be  suitably used with the metal plates.
  • Camphor is another  substance  which is used for performing 
  • Camphor has a spiritual significance and it is  supposed to drive  away negativities and  purify the environment.
  • Arathi is performed in the  clockwise direction to the  deity and later offered to the  devotees who place their  hands a  little above the  flame and  then touch their eyes and  head  with them.
  • The flame absorbs the  God’s  power which is  then passed to the  devotee when he  takes the 
  • While the basic  arathi plate is the Halagarathi, other forms like Pancharathi,Shankarathi, Chakrarathi, Nagarathi,Kumbhaarathi,Kurmaarathi and  Step arathi are available.
Kadalii-Garbha-Sambhuutam Karpuuram Tu Pradiipitam |
Aaraartikam-Aham Kurve Pashya Me Varado Bhava ||
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Significance of Arathi

  • Arathi is one of the 16 steps performed in the Shodashaupachara puja.
  • It is also accompanied by singing of devotional songs  and 
  • We light up the flame and offer it to God ,who is the Supreme Being, symbolizing knowledge and life.
  • Lighting of a wick or camphor are both spiritually significant.
  • While the lighting of wicks brings wealth and prosperity into our lives, burning of camphor without a trace, signifies a person’s knowledge lit by fire and the ego vanishing away.

Where is  it performed

 

  • Arathi is performed in homes  during pujas  and 
  • It is also performed in temples by the priests and offered to the 
  • Arathi is also performed to elders as  a form of respect and  even to inanimate objects like vehicles, especially  during Navaratri festival.

 


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