At sunset, young brahmans (priests) perform a one-hour Ganga Aarti Puja ceremony in honor of the goddess Ganga, the mother of all Hindus. This ceremony has been conducted every night for the past 2000 years — 365 days a year, rain or shine. The Varanasi version of the Ganga Aarti is highly choreographed in comparison to other Ganda Aarti ceremonies. Flamboyantly staged, this ritual is filled to overflowing with prayers, incense smoke, loud clanging bells, chants, flowers, and flames.
I found the Ganga Aarti Puja ceremony to be the most inspiring of my experiences in India. Some people complain that these ceremonies are too commercial or 'fake' -- but when you are actually there, most of the pilgrims are so present, hopeful, and content that their sincerity and devotion are contagious.