The Indian River Ganga or Ganges, which originates in the Himalayas, is personified and worshipped as a goddess by the Hindus. There are many stories about the origination of river Ganga in Indian mythology. Devotees gather on her banks daily in various holy cities of India like Varanasi, Haridwar and Allahabad as she (Maa Ganga) flows by energetically. Such special occasions are always accompanied by the singing of the Maa Ganga aarti or hymn.
So enchanting is the aarti sung to goddess Ganga on the banks of holy Indian cities that it draws people from far and wide. The entire place acquires a very spiritual feel with the chants of Ganga aarti mingling with the gurgling of the flowing water. Hindus believe that bathing in River Ganga on certain occasions causes the remission of sins and facilitates the attainment of salvation. Read on to know the aarti sung in praise of Maa Ganga.
Arti Ganga maiya, man jai sursari maiyaa
Bhav-varidhi-uddhaarini atihi sudradh naiya, man Jai....
Hari pada-padam-prasuta vimal varidhaara,
Brahmadevaa Bhagirathi shuchi punyagara, man Jai
Shankar-jata-viharini, hanoi trya tapa,
Sagar-putra-gana-tarini harani sakal papai man Jai...
Ganga Ganga jo jana uchchaarat mukha son,
Duur desh man sthit bhi turat tarat sukh son, man Jai...
Mrit ki asthi tanik tuv jal dhara pavai,
So jan pavan hokar param dham javai, man Jai
Tav tatvasi taruvar, jal thal char prani
Pakshi-pashu-patang gati pavai nirvani, man Jai..
Matu, daya mai kiijai dinan par daya
Prabhu pad padma milakar Hari lijai maiyya, man Jai..
Maa Ganga Aarti is a hymn dedicated to the sacred Hindu river, Ganges often personified as a goddess. Read on Ganga arti.