The Ganga aarati happens every evening with pomp and show.Its a very beautiful sight,just sitting and listening makes you feel at peace.The aarati starts at 6.30 pm people fil the ghat steps to view aarati and few will take boats to view from the river side.
On amawasya,the dark night people come in huge numbers to take bath in the ganges,also they offer money,rice vegetable to the beggars.The ghats were full of beggars who sat on the ghats spreading shawls for people to give something in charity.
Devout Hindus go here to take a purifying dip in the Ganga. Also many older hindus go to Varanasi because they want to die here and be cremated along the banks of the Ganga
For Hindus, nothing can be holier than dying by the bank of the Ganga - and if that is not possible, sprinkling one's ashes on its waters.
According to the tenets of Hinduism, followed by the Krishna movement, the immersion or scattering of ashes on the sacred river is a symbol of the soul's journey towards eternal consciousness. Hindus believe that if their ashes are sprinkled in the Ganges, the soul achieves salvation.
George Harrison's ashes were also scattered in the Ganga, he was a follower of the Krishna movement.
Burning bodies along the shores of the Ganges happens daily. The ashes are cast into the Ganges once the fires are extinguished. The doms are the 'Untouchables' of Varanasi and they are essential to the cremation ceremony. They can handle the corpses, which is a ritually polluting act for Hindus.
The ganges is the holiest of all the rivers in India.People come to wash off their sins by taking the holy bath.