Witnessing the spectacle of Ganga evening Arti is a blissful experience. The melody of ringing bells and the sparkling Ganga river due to the brightly lit lamps culminates to form a unforgettable experience. The enchanted devotees offering their prayers to the holy river adds a lot of exuberance to the whole set up.
I recently attended the evening Arti in Rishikesh and the surreal experience left an everlasting impression on me. There are 3 places in India where the evening Arti of Ganga is organized; Varanasi, Haridwar & Rishikesh. If you consider the scale of each, Varanasi is considered to be the biggest, attracting the maximum volume of devotees. Haridwar follows Varanasi and evening Ganga Arti in Rishikesh is considered to be the least crowded event.
So, during my visit to Rishikesh, I decided to experience the spiritual event of evening Ganga Arti. In Rishikesh, the evening Ganga Arti can be witnessed at Triveni Ghat or Pramarth Niketan Aashram. Triveni Ghat attracts more visitors as compared to Pramarth Niketan Aashram. So, we decided to visit the later, hoping to soak in the experience better.
Along with my friends, I reached Parmarth Niketan Aashram, situated in proximity to Ram Jhula. If you are staying in the main Rishikesh town you will have to cross the Ganges in order to reach Rishikesh. To reach Parmarth Niketan Aashram, you can either prefer a boat ride at Rs 20 per head or cross Ganga by Ram Jhula (Bridge).