The world famous Ganga Aarti in Varanasi is a massive ceremony or aarti to the Ganges River. An aarti is traditionally a ritual fire offering to a Hindu god and goddess. In this case, the devotional offering is made to the Goddess Ganga, affectionately referred to as Ma Ganga, the goddess of the most holy river in India. Ma Ganga is the Divine Feminine herself in the form of the Ganges River. She who provides for all life. The aarti is performed in honor of her, on the riverfront, by a group of young Hindu priests, draped in saffron-colored robes with their puja plates spread out before them.