Stuti Aarti

Stuti Aarti

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As per Wikipedia, Aarti (Hindi आरती),(Tamil ஆரத்தி), also spelled arathi, aarthi (from the Sanskrit word "आरात्रिक" with the same meaning) is a Hindu religious ritual of worship, a part of puja, in which light from wicks soaked in ghee (purified butter) or camphor is offered to one or more deities. Aartis also refer to the songs sung in praise of the deity, when lamps are being offered. Aarti is derived from the Sanskrit word Aratrika, which means something that removes Ratri, darkness (or light waved in darkness before an icon).

Aarti is generally performed one to five times daily, and usually at the end of a puja (in South India) or bhajan session (in North India). It is performed during almost all Hindu ceremonies and occasions. It involves the circulating of an 'Aarti plate' or 'Aarti lamp' around a person or deity and is generally accompanied by the singing of songs in praise of that deva or person (many versions exist). In doing so, the plate or lamp is supposed to acquire the power of the deity. The priest circulates the plate or lamp to all those present. They cup their down-turned hands over the flame and then raise their palms to their forehead – the purificatory blessing, passed from the deva's image to the flame, has now been passed to the devotee.

The aarti plate is generally made of metal, usually silver, bronze or copper. On it must repose a lamp made of kneaded flour, mud or metal, filled with oil or ghee. One or more cotton wicks (always an odd number) are put into the oil and then lighted, or camphor is burnt instead. The plate may also contain flowers, incense and akshata (rice). In some temples, a plate is not used and the priest holds the ghee lamp in his hand when offering it to the Deities.

The purpose of performing aarti is the waving of lighted wicks before the deities in a spirit of humility and gratitude, wherein faithful followers become immersed in God's divine form. It symbolises the five elements:

Ether (akash)
Wind (vayu)
Fire (agni)
Water (jal)
Earth (pruthvi)

Communal Aarti is performed in the mandir; however, devotees also perform it in their homes.

Stuti Aarti is an android application which lets you hear and enjoy few famous Aarti's. Once the application is installed, it does not require any network or internet connection to hear the beautiful aarti’s and can be played offline also. While Aarti’s are playing in background, one can also see beautiful Images of Hindu God and Goddesses that flips through the screen.

Following are the Aarti's that are compiled in this application.

1) Om Jai Jagdish ..
2) Om Jai Shiv Omkara ..
3) Jai Ganesh Jai Ganesh ..
4) Aarti Kije Hanuman ..
5) Shri Ramchandra Kripa ..
6) Om Jai Laxmi Mata..
7) Om Jai Gange Mata ..
8) Jai Ambe Gauri ..
9) Satyanarayan Aarti ..

Disclaimer: Copyright of the Images / Aarti's used in the application lies with its creators. It is used here only for entertainment purpose.

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