Diwali is the festival of lights. In India, this tradition is followed by all; everyone celebrates this festival by making rangoli, lighting up earthen lamps, preparation of dessert items and decorating the home with flowers.
Most of them worship goddess Lakshmi on Diwali day and they believe that she offers prosperity and wealth for the whole year. Now, some artificial lights such as crackers and glittering lights have been added to the festival.
Clay Diya symbolizes knowledge. We light the lamp to bow down to knowledge as the greatest of all forms of wealth. It removes darkness as well as ignorance from all of us.
Why do you light lamps during Diwali:
Diwali is a popular festival which is celebrated either in the month of October or November. Diwali means ‘row of lamps’ so lamps are the most important part in this festival. On Diwali day, each house will look bright with oil lamps, candles, and colorful lights. But traditionally earthen lamps are lit up along with cotton wicks in most of the houses.
Clay lamps or diyas are filled with mustard oil and are placed around the entrance of houses on the night before the new moon. The lamps celebrate the return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after he defeated the demon Ravana in SriLanka.
In Hindu epic, everyone welcomes Lord Rama by lamps when they return to Ayodhya. Diyas are also a sign of the goddess Lakshmi and she offers fortune and prosperity to her devotees on that great day.
Clay diyas are often used for Diwali and other grand festivals to offer lights. It only enlightens your surroundings but also make the place full of energy and happiness. It is good to use earthen lamps instead of other lamps made of metals. It is a good way of removing ignorance and evil from the place. Ghee is one of the best things to lighten the earthen lamps because it exhales a lot of oxygen and purifies the surroundings.
Importance of Lamps:
It represents knowledge, hope, peace, happiness, prosperity, truth as well as health. Diyas is the symbol of enlightenment and it is good to light up diya in morning and evening at homes. Lighting up of diyas gives the spiritual feel that one should get rid of bad thoughts and it shows the path of light and to unite with everyone.
Diyas encourage everyone to choose the safe road in life that leads to peace of mind and soul. During this festival, family and friends share sweets and gifts and it is also a tradition for homes to be cleaned and new clothes to be worn. It symbolizes truth and winning of truth over evil.
Lighting up of lamps on Diwali night is not only used for decoration but also hold a greater spiritual significance. One lamp is capable to light many other lamps without affecting its own light. It has its own values. This five-day festival is celebrated by millions of people to light over the darkness and good over evil.