Every evening at the Dasaswamedh Ghat in Varanasi, the blowing of conch shells and ringing bells indicate the start of the Ganga Aarti.
Young priests wave incense sticks and perform the aarti with large flaming lamps, which look beautiful contrasted against the dark skies.
The priests chant mantras of the goddess Ganga. The fire is an offering presented to the goddess by the priests on the stage.
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Every evening, hundreds of people gather at the Dasaswamedh Ghat to witness the Ganga Aarti.