The stepped embankment at Ghats of Varanasi are places for worship. Numerous Sadhus or holy men perform rites and rituals for visiting pilgrimages. Bathing at Ganges is considered as a pious act of extreme importance.
Worshiping of deceased elder is also an important Hindu ritual. The prayers are performed by the holy men. Along with rituals a vast variety of hymns, songs and prayers are performed on the ghats.
The most important bath of one's life takes place at Ganga Banks. This absolves one of past sins and misdeeds. The bath is performed on many occasions as per the Hindu Calender. Pilgrims come from far and wide to perform this important ritual. The holy dip has greater significance on many occasions.
This is an important event after a prayer/bhajan session that takes place in the evening. A group of pujaris perform this mass prayer. The session is scheduled in the evening. The prayers are performed using fire in a metal container or plate of copper or brass etc. The fire is created using clarified butter on a thick wick supported by kneaded flour. This is a Vedic fire ritual called homa. This is a an ode to Lord using the elements of fire, water, air, earth and ether.
A large number of people partake in Maha Aarti and procession. For tourists this is an interesting event worthy of being described as spectacle.