Janmashtami aarti refers to fire rituals. It is believed that the custom of performing aarti has roots in Vedas that describe ‘homa’. During the ritual, a wick of cotton is soaked in pure ghee and lighted. Besides, camphor cubes are also lighted. The light is then offered to all the deities and during Janmashtami pooja (link to Janmashtami pooja), especially to Lord Krishna.
Indeed, the term aarti has a deep connotation and significance in Sanskrit. ‘Aa’ refers to ‘towards’ whereas ‘rati’ refers to ‘the highest love for God’ in many ways. Therefore, apart from fire rituals people also sing devotional songs. These are also described as Janmashtami aarti. Generally, Janmashtami aarti is performed when the entire Janmashtami pooja process has completed. The process involves circulating the aarti around an idol and sing different songs in praise of that Lord. Janmashtami aarti is same as other types of aarti.
On this day, however, emphasis is given on the pooja of Banke Bihari. Known as Deepa Aaradhanai in Tamil, the custom of aarti is followed in the whole of India. It is the culture of Indian society to perform aarti twice daily. And during Janmashtami, Janmashtami aarti is performed at midnight and devotional songs are sung.
Aaratii Yugala Kishora Kii Kiijai |
Tana Mana Dhana Sab Arpana Kiijai ||
Ravi Shashi Koti Vadana Kii Shobhaa |
Taahi Nirakha Meraa Mana Lobhaa ||
Gaura Shyaama Mukha Nikhrata Riijhai l
Prabhu Ko Ruupa Nayana Bhara Pijai ||
Kanchanna Thaala Kapuura Kii Baatii |
Hari Aaye Nirmala Bahii Chaatii ||.
Phuulana Kii Seja Phuulana Kii Maalaa |
Ratna Sinhaasana Baithe Nandalaalaa ||
Mora Mukuta Kara Muralii Sohai |
Natavara Vesha Dekha Mana Mohai ||
Anga Niila Piita Pata Saarii |
Kunja Bihaarii Giravaradhaarii ||
Shri Purushottama Girivara Dhaarii |
Aaratii Karata Sakala Nar Naarii ||
Nanda Nandana Vrushahaanu Kishorii |
Paramaananda Svaamii Avichala Jodii ||
Jai shri Krishna hare, prabhu jai jai Girdhari,
Danav-dal balihari, Go dwij hitkari.
Jai Govind dayanidhi, Govardhan dhari,
Vanshidhar banvari, braj jan priyakari.
Ganika godh ajamil, gajpati bhayhari,
Arat-arti hari, jai mangalkari.
Gopalak gopeshwar, draupadi dukhdari,
Shabar suta sukhkari, Gautam tiya tari.
Jan prahlad pramodak, narhari tanu dhari,
jan man ranjankari, diti sut sanhari.
Tidwish-sut sanrakshak, rakshak manjhari,
Pandu suvan shubhkari, kaurav madhari.
Manmath-manmath mohan, murli rav kari,
Vrindavipin bihari, yamuna tat chari.
Agh bak baki udharak, trinavarta tari,
bidhi surpati madhari, kansa muktikari.
Shesh mahesh saraswati, gun gavat hari,
Kal kirti vistari, bhakt bheeti hari.
Narayan sharnagat, ati agh aghhari,
Pad-raj pawankari, chahat hitkari