Diwali is the most significant festival of all Hindus residing round the globe. This five-day grand festival of lights is marked with great zeal and gusto. It is a blessed time associated with fun and celebration with family, friends and loved ones. Nonetheless, Diwali celebrations are incomplete without the beautiful and colorful diyas. A small earthen lamp lit during Diwali festivities, a Diwali diya is, generally, made up of clay while ghee or oil is used as fuel and cotton as the wick. Though electronic lamps have been replacing earthen diyas these days, but they cannot bring the traditional charm of a diya. It is from the arrangement of diyas that Diwali got its name, which means ‘rows of lights’. Know about the origin of the Diwali diya, its types and significance in the lines below.
Diwali Diya Belief and Origin
Diwali diyas are lit to remember the occasion of Lord Rama’s homecoming after 14 years of exile. It is believed that when Lord Rama along with his wife and brother came back from exile, people were very joyful. Since it was the night of Amavasya, there was darkness all around, hence, the people of Ayodhya lit diyas and lamps to decorate the city and brighten up the path of Lord Rama. After the arrival of Lord Rama, celebrations started all around the city with an astounding display of fireworks. The light of the diyas also signifies the victory of Lord Rama over the demon king Ravan. Since then, every year, the day of Kartik Amavasya has been celebrated as Diwali. Most important, the earthen diyas are still considered to be the most significant part of Diwali celebrations.
Lakshmi Puja is held on the night of Kartik Amavasya and hence, Diwali diyas are very important in that puja. It is believed that on the night of Kartik Amavasya, Goddess Lakshmi comes to earth to bless her devotees with wealth and prosperity. And Goddess Lakshmi only visits those houses that are lit with the Diwali diyas. Thus, even the poorest of people make sure to light a single diya as a mark of respect to Goddess Lakshmi.
Kinds of Diwali Diyas
The markets get crammed with a wide variety of diyas for decorating homes and passages, as Diwali approaches. The traditional handmade earthen diyas embrace the true spirit of Diwali celebrations. These diyas reflect the traditional art and crafts of India and can be found in various shapes and sizes. Apart from these earthen lamps, there is a good population which prefers high priced designer diyas made of gold and silver. However, the latest trend that has caught up with everyone is the electronic diyas that come with various lighting effects and colors. It is common to see houses and roads decorated with electronic diyas as they are cheap as well as brighter than the traditional earthen diyas. Designers every year bring out numerous innovative and stylish diyas during the Diwali season.
Significance of Diwali Diyas
Diwali symbolizes the victory of good over evil. All the legends of Diwali ascertain the establishment of prosperity, knowledge, righteousness and peace around the world. Diwali diyas not only brighten up the dark night of Amavasya but also intend to bring light to the soul of an individual and disperse the darkness, flaws and ignorance within.