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Brighten your life by lighting Diya, the tradition of Hinduism

Brighten your life by lighting Diya, the tradition of Hinduism

The Tradition of Diya

According to Hindu tradition, the diya (or candleholder) lit in each dwelling is imbued with deep meaning. This Diya cleanses not only our physical spaces but also our mental and emotional ones. The purest element and the most effective approach to greet God is fire, one of the five elements (panchtatva), along with air, water, fire, earth, and space.

Generally speaking, the lamps should be lighted at dark and dawn, two of the three sandhi kaals. This is done to counteract the prevailing dark energies of the moment and usher in a new era of positivity and vitality.

The Meaning of the Diya Lamp

The Diya has deeper symbolic meanings. The oil in the diya represents the mental filth that humans tend to cultivate, such as avarice, envy, wrath, lust, etc. Cotton in the diya means the atma, the individual's essential nature.

When oil is burned in the diya's wick, light is produced. As a result, lighting diyas are a reminder to abandon greed and materialism. Sadness is banished in this way, paving the way for spiritual awakening and union with the Supreme Being.

Types of Vilakku / Lamp

Lamps come in a wide variety of styles and functions.

Kamatchi Vilakku is widely used in celebrations of good fortunes, such as housewarming. Kuthu Vilakku is a traditional Keralan rice wine served at weddings and other festivals. The lamp in this location is very vertical. The standard number of Mukam-s (Faces) is 5. This lamp has five wicks, all of which point in different directions when lit. The Paavai Vilakku is the name of a specific light fixture. A lady appears to be toting a lantern. Also, there is the traditional lamp used in temples during necessary poojas—the Addukku Vilakku.

It has a long, movable handle and multiple compartments for wicks or camphor. Akanda Vilakku is another form of lamp, and it is the most popular choice for use in open areas with a chance of wind. Nila Villakku has widespread popularity in Kerala and can be heard anywhere from houses to temples.

Lamps of all shapes and sizes are decorated with tilak, sandalwood paste, and fresh flowers before being lit.


The Science behind lighting the lamp

What happens at dusk is something you should keep an eye on. There would be so many birds chirping as they flew back to their nests in the treetops for the day. Even though the sunset time varies daily, these birds always manage to find their way back to their nests.

 All humans have the same innate intelligence that helps birds navigate the sky. It's just that our brains weren't built to process their instructions.

The time between sunset and sunrise is known as Sandhyakalam. When the sun goes down, the energy level of the world drops. These vibrations impact humans. One can shelter themselves from harmful energy by lighting a lamp and reciting mantras or shlokas.


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