Arati is a mode of congregational worship, in which the devotees stand facing the image of a deity or a deified Saint or, the personage (living idol) of an exalted Saint singing devotional songs in unison. Normally, the singing is accompanied by musical instrument such as bells, gongs and cymbals. The object of worship is devoutly decorated with posy garlands and aromatic incense and musk are kept smoldering. While the devotees sing Psalms, either an officiant or a devotee revolves clockwise, (usually) a fivefold oil lamp-consisting of the five oil traylets round the object of adoration, such performance of arati with a fivefold oil lamp is called Pancharati. According to the vedic tradition, Agni (Fire) is the divine priest and the conveyer of offerings to the Gods. The fire of the arati lamp is conceived as a receptacle conveying the arduous prayers of the devotees to the deity to the devotees. The introduction of arati as a regular congregational worship at Shirdi is to be seen as marking a new phase in the evolution of the workship of Sri Sai Baba.
Deified Saint, Psalms, Pancharati, Agni, Congregational worship.
S.D.K. SUBHASREE , Dr. A. RENUKA "ARATI WORSHIPING METHODS OF SHRI SHIRDI SAI BABA" Iconic Research And Engineering Journals Volume 1 Issue 7 2020 Page 27-30
S.D.K. SUBHASREE , Dr. A. RENUKA "ARATI WORSHIPING METHODS OF SHRI SHIRDI SAI BABA" Iconic Research And Engineering Journals, 1(7)