Thursday, 28 March 2013

Why Do We, the Hindus, Light a Diya (Lamp) in front of God...??

Being A Proud Hindu, I always had many Questions regarding day to day Rituals followed in our Religion. And One Such Question is Why Do We Light a Diya in our Home Temples ?? And here's An Answer which I Found from many Elder People:

WHY DO WE LIGHT A DIYA ?

 

Light  symbolizes  knowledgeand  Darkness,  ignorance.  

And The  Lord  is  the "Knowledge  Principle"  (Chaitanya)  who  is  the  source,  the  enlivener  and  the  illuminator of all knowledge. 

Hence light is worshiped as the Lord himself.
 

Knowledge  removes  ignorance  just  as  light  removes  darkness.  Also  knowledge  is a  lasting  inner  wealth  by  which  all  outer  achievement  can  be  accomplished. Hence  we light the lamp to bow down to knowledge as the greatest of all forms of wealth.

In  almost  every  Indian  home  a  lamp  is  lit  daily  before  the  altar  of  the  Lord.  In some houses it is lit at dawn, in some, twice a day – at dawn and dusk – and in a few it is maintained  continuously  (Akhanda  Deepa).  All  auspicious  functions  commence  with  the lighting of the lamp, which is often maintained right through the occasion.


Well, you might be thinking Why not light a bulb or tubelight?  

Well, That too would remove darkness. But the traditional oil lamp  has a further spiritual significance. The oil or ghee in the lamp symbolizes our vaasanas or negative tendencies and the wick, the ego. When lit by spiritual knowledge, the vaasanas get slowly exhausted  and  the  ego  too  finally perishes. 


Adding to this, The flame of a lamp always burns upwards. Similarly we should acquire such knowledge as to take us towards higher ideals.


While Lighting the Diya, Normally the following hymn is prayed:



 DeepaJyoti ParaBrahma
Deepa Sarva Tamopahaha
Deepena Saadhyate Saram
Sandhyaa Deepo Namostute

Meaning:
I prostrate to the dawn/dusk lamp; whose light is the Knowledge Principle (the Supreme  Lord), which  removes the darkness of ignorance and by which all can be achieved in life.  



So This was it. Now you can Proudly Say that you know the Reason behind Lighting the Diya as well as Now you can Light a Diya with More Stronger belief....!! Share it if you think your Friends to need to know the reason for lighting a diya..!

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