The territory of Pashupatinath is coated by hundreds of people every evening, with anticipations finely running down their face, gleaming eyes with the sparkles of light set in the surrounding of the temple in the evening. The bagmati sets as a mirror for all the glazing light frames crossing their paths in it, it flows as a silent witness to the beautiful ambience surrounding the temple.
The mass gathers to experience the soul-stirring chant, ‘aarati’. Aarati is a contrast between the territory of culture and celebration; this alliance never fails in attracting a huge number of audiences. The loud jangles laying the foundation of comprising rhythms and addictive background scores; ‘arati’ makes the heart strings bubble up with intensity and devotion. The aarati holds the strength to serenade the audience with its poetic and soothing sensibilities. The atmosphere of the rendition remains ambient and acoustic, with the right fit of elements and laid-back effortless velvety vocals. Towards the end, the track is perfectly complemented with the majestic fiddles of bells and a hyper groove as the powerful ‘shiv tandav strotam’ chants are delivered with heartfelt emotion and melodic panache.
The words flow around in all its forms portraying the religious sentiments, together with music adding the depth and the infectious mass running as the chorus throughout. The tunes are irresistibly catchy, majorly because it is carved as a devotional; piece that greets every soul with immaculate clarity, the melodies unfold the heart’s rhythms from the very onset. The powerful tunes convey the emotions that transcend lyrically that strikes right at the heart– taking a centre stage, and that’s ever so poignant. The audience follows up seamlessly together, gracing the track of the aarati.With the precise and decisive contribution of the lustres around the temple, people’s face glows both eternally and externally, the aarati at its finest truly embraces the very essence of the spirituality and captures the soul of everyone that comes within its aural range.
People go there to experience peace, with the enigmatic sound, with words coming together effortlessly, and the enthralling beauty of ‘arati’ opens up their hearts. After a long day of hectic schedule, aarati turns out to be the finest way of abandoning stress and getting strayed into the infectious melodies that pairs with collective strength and beautiful combination of influences.