When the aarti is performed, all those present should be standing, and clapping and singing along to the song that is praising Bhagwan. It is also very important that the mind is fixated on following the flame around the deity, as the purpose of the aarti is to remove the darkness inside with the image of Bhagwan.
The flame acquires the power of Bhagwan. Bhaktas then pass their down-turned hands over the flame and then raise their palms to their forehead – the blessings of Bhagwan pass from the flame to the bhakta. A person can also acquire the blessing by just seeing the aarti flame.
That aarti of a dev or great person can also be performed (but not at the same time as Bhagwan’s aarti).
At the time of the aarti, 330 million (33 karor) devs and devis come for the darshan of Bhagwan. It is for this reason that the aarti is one of the most important events of the day in a mandir.
The major Swaminarayan mandirs in India perform the aarti five times a day.
- Mangala – Performed before sunrise, when Bhagwan wakes up
- Shangar – Performed after Bhagwan is dressed
- Rajbhog – Performed before lunch
- Sandhya – Performed after sunset
- Shayan – Performed before bedtime