Shringaar means beautification. The beautification of the Lord holds special significance to Hindus. Here, Thakur ji is grandly decorated with colorful clothes and jewelry before being revealed to devotees. This is called “Shringaar Darshan,” where devotees uphold the beautiful and grand form of the Divine. The Aarati offered during this pooja is called Shringaar Aarati.
Why do we have Shringaar Darshan, and what is significance of Shringaar Aarti?
By nature, our senses are tuned outward. We crave to see things that are beautiful, smell things that are fragrant, hear sounds that are melodious and so on. But this craving is never fulfilled, as the more we get, the more we seek. This is the illusion of samsara, materialism. If only our senses are turned inward, from the material to the spiritual, we align with the Divine and become fulfilled.
During Shringaar Darshan, our eyes are captivated by the grandeur of the Lord. (The Lord Himself is beyond the decorations and adornments, but bears them to please the eyes of His sincere devotees. Such is His compassion!) The ears are immersed in the sacred sounds accompanying the Darshan – the Conch, the Mantras, the tinkling of bells, etc. The smoke from the incense sticks fills our nostrils. At least 3 of our senses are fully immersed in the Lord. As we see Him in all His visual grandeur and bask in His glory, our senses are fulfilled and tune towards the Divine.
The ShringaarDarshan is followed by Aarti,