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  • Arathi is worship of God with flame.
  • The flame is waved before the idol, and an arathi chant is sung in praise and worship of God or that particular divinity
  • Camphor is burned on the arathi plate. The symbolism of camphor is that it burns and leaves no residue. There is nothing left. For the Hindu, release or moksha comes when there are no desires, no interference by the mind and one lives in selfless service of his or her fellow man. This is called the state of surrender, where all that blocks the life of the divine within is burnt away by prayer, sacrifice and selfless service of one's fellow man.
Drawing of Arathi being offered to an idol of Lord Rama


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