The holy Pushkaralu are all about revering our sacred rivers and offering them solemn worship. Thousands of pilgrims flock everyday during all the 12 days of the ritual. Lot of efforts go in planning and arranging for the event. Tired eyes and legs, but people wait for that one divine and magnificent moment that happens in the evening – Yes, the famous Haarati or Aarti.
Pavithra Haarati is not just about chanting the Mantras and observing divine thoughts. There is more that goes into the process. In the brief phase of giving the pious Haarati, the Pujaris endure great amount of pressure and balance, ensuring that the rendition is perfect.
This is what our Pujaris go through while performing the Holy Haarati during Pushkarams. You will be baffled at what they have to put up with during the process – all for the greater cause.
Bearing the scorching lights
Close to 3000 watt lights flash around the Pujaris while performing the Haarati, which means scorching heat from the illuminated lamps themselves. The Pujaris have to bear the heat as they perform the process, bearing the growing heat around them that doubles up with the Haarati itself.
Swirling 4 Kg Haarati Equipment
Yes! 4 Kgs or more for sure. The Haarati weights heavy as they swirl the lit camphor in all austerity. The Pujaris make sure that full focus goes into doing it right, mindless of either weight or heat.
Managing the Unpredictable Wind Direction
One has no idea as to which direction wind flows each day near the river. The Pujaris have to be prepared to manage the uncontrollable wind direction. The standard process being the clockwise direction, anything anticlockwise means possible chances of Haarati being put out or burning their hands. The Pujaris have make sure of the speed and be aware of the force all the time.
Concentrating on the Actual Ritual
With the above factors, the Pujaris make sure to concentrate fully on the actual ritual, ensuring that the Haarati is performed in full perfection.
Being Sensitive to People’s Sentiment
This is the most important thing that the Pujaris follow while performing the process, and this makes them bear anything for the sake of thousands of pilgrims who come join the divine process.
Appreciating the great efforts of our Pujaris who make things happen during the mighty Pushkaralu. Take a bow!