Haridwar is one of the most sanctified places in the Uttarakhand State. It is the very site where every evening the most popular known Maha Aarti begins. The most devotional Ghat in Uttarakhand is Harki Pauri. It is an extreme bathing ghat for the visiting pilgrims and devotees. At the time of Maha Aarti millions of followers gather near both side of the ghat to be a part of it. They also light up clay lamps and make a wish there. The Pundits start the Aarti and the audience sings Bhajan. The spectacular evening catches the visitors' eye. Haridwar has acquired great importance as a religious pilgrimage destination. Harki Pauri is known all over for its sanctity. The glorious Kumbh Mela is organized here once after every 12 years.
One to five times Aarti is performed every day at the Harki Pauri Ghat.
The Ganga Aarti constitute of circulating an Aarti Plate or a Lamp
around a divinity. The Aarti symbolize five thing particularly these are
1) ether (akash) 2) wind (vayu) 3) fire (agni) 4) water (jal) and 5)
earth (pruthvi). In Sanskrit the meaning of "Aa" is "towards
or to" and the meaning of "rati" is right or virtue".
The Aarti is done in a clock wise manner around the Lord. At the time of
performing Aarti it reminds the performer to keep the deity in our
center. The Aarti is not kept limited to the Lords but the followers
also offer Aarti to those who help them towards success.