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Every evening during Durga Puja, the arati was performed. This is a picture of that ceremony. The man in the picture is the pandit performing the arati in front of ma durga.

Experiencing this very ceremony was quite an enjoyable experience. Usually, when the arati is performed, the ambience around you is that of seriousness; especially the pandit who performs it. He has a stern face and is monotonously chanting religious scripts-but this one was very different. The Pandit wasn't chanting, though he was standing and ringing the bell (see picture) for 40 minutes non-stop. There were drums beating (and it was quite a catchy beat) and the dhonuchi dance was happening behind the pandit.

This pandit was the best part of the ceremony. He was actually moving with every drum beat, every rhythm. He was quite enjoying what he did and was completely into it. I think, this is the most unique way of performing an arati, which i have witnessed till date. I guess the North-Indian style is a little different in every way-religious, food, people, just about everything.

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