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How Aarti should be waved in front of Deities?

Aarti is an important part of Hindu puja and worship. Daily Aarti is offered to Hindu Gods worshiped in the puja room. Here is brief description of waving Aarti before deities.

The best option is to use a lamp with five wicks.
The best medium for lighting lamp is ghee. Another option is sesame oil.
The platter containing the lit lamp should be waved in full circle in front of the deity.
The Aarti should be performed in clockwise direction.
Aarti platter should not be waved above the head of the deity.
The Aarti should be then placed before the deity and prayers chanted or one should perform meditation.
After performing the puja one should wait for sometime and put out the lamp. One should not allow the lamp to produce black fumes.

Biggest Ganesh Idol (Murti) Worshipped in a Temple

One of the Biggest Ganesh Murti (idol) worshipped in a temple is found at BadaGanapatiTemple in Indore in Madhya Pradesh. The height of the Ganapati murti is 25 feet. Built in 1875, one of the amazing aspects of the Ganesha murti is that it is made of numerous materials including metals, brick and natural products. The soil used in the murti is collected from seven holy cities and numerous other sacred spots.

The Murti is made of:
Clay bricksLime stoneTo reinforce the bricks and limestone – Gud, Methi Dana were usedSoil used is collected from Seven Moksha Puris – Ayodhya, Mathura, Maya, Kashi, Kanchi, Avantika, and Dwarka.Soil from stables, cowshed and elephant sanctuary were used as reinforcements.Powder of diamond, emerald, pearl, ruby and topaz were added to the soil mixture.Holy water collected from all major holy rivers associated with Hinduism were used.Gold, silver, copper, brass and iron were also used.