Deeparadhana | Importance of lighting lamps during Pujas & rituals

Deeparadhana or lighting lamps or diyas is an important aspect of any puja or Hindu ritual. The importance of deeparadhana is mentioned in many ancient scriptures and the tradition has been in existence since the Stone Age. Apart from religious angle, lighting diyas also has the natural side of benefits for our health and for better environment.

A diya consists of a small earthen pot (it may also of gold, bronze, copper, etc..), oil, and the cotton wick. When we light the twisted cotton wick which is placed in oil, it burns and gives us the light. The flame is considered as the source of heat, light and the energy. It also helps us as a good germicide.

Deepa or diya is also lit during offering Aarti to God or Goddess at the end of any puja. It symbolizes the divine aura and also helps devotees to have a clear glimpse at the idol of the deity. After performing Aarti, we put our palms on the aarti flame to receive the divine energy of the God into us. It reflects the siddhanta of Aatma and Paramatma.

Lighting diya also symbolizes the dispersal of ignorance and awakening of the divine light within us.

In olden days, rishis worshipped the fire and Jyoti (diya / flame) as it considered as the purest form of energy. It gets all the impurities but provides us with the greatest form of energy, light. Many Upanishads, Samhitas, Brahmanas and Puranas have the significance of Deeparadhana.

As per the Skanda Purana, “among the light of fire, the light of the Sun, the light of the Moon, the lamp is the best of lights” (Translation).

Diyas or lamps also have some religious meanings. Diya symbolized the energy of Goddess Lakshmi and lighting diyas keeps us away from darkness of ‘Agnana’ and welcomes us into the world of ‘Gnana’ (light). We can see three colors internally in any diya – White, red and blue. There three colors indicate the forces of Goddess Saraswati (Gnana or wisdom), Goddess Lakshmi (poshana or nutrition) and Goddess Parvati (dhairya or strength).

As per Hinduism and Puja rituals, the number of cotton wicks to use, the oil to use, and the pot to use will be based on the puja or vrata which we will be observing. Generally, the earthen pots and ghee are the finest items to use in lighting diyas.

Deeparadhna Mantras – Slokas or prayers to chant during lighting diyas or deepak

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21 Comments

  1. Krishnamurari says:

    what is the importance of deeparadhana with vippa oil

  2. Kripasagar says:

    best oil to light lamp in puja ritual

  3. Sandeepen says:

    is diya of ghee or oil during sai baba pooja

  4. Sagun says:

    peepal shud b worshipped with oil diya or ghee diya

  5. Nachiketa says:

    which oil to light the diyas for pooja

  6. Avanindra says:

    which side dweparadan is best for good result

  7. Vivekananda says:

    deeparadhana timings as per hindu customs in every home

  8. Suka says:

    wicks used in deepams which typed it to used to gods and how many to like Lord ganesh how many

  9. Ajitaabh says:

    how to do hindu pooja deeparadhana in telugu version

  10. Ramakrishna says:

    which oil is used in sai baba pooja diya

  11. Aadit says:

    can we do sai baba pooja without deeparadhana

  12. Aanchal says:

    which side in the puja should you put oil diya

  13. Pavanaj says:

    what is the use deeparadhana with cow ghee

  14. Nirajit says:

    how many types of deeparadana are there in telugu

  15. Anasuya says:

    as per hindu culture which wick lamp should be light to devoties on prayer

  16. Idika says:

    how can i do deeparadhana with laxmi lotus wicks

  17. Rasik says:

    what time is best time for deeparadhana in hinduism

  18. Priyal says:

    what is the oil to use for deeparadhana