The festival of lights, Diwali also called Deepavali is celebrated across India with lots of fun and grandeur. It is one of the auspicious festivals for which both children and grownups look forward to as it is one of the most joyful festivals to celebrate. The fun part is decorating the house with lights, lighting diyas and fireworks.
Deepavali means row of lights in Sanskrit. On this auspicious day houses are decorated with rows of lights or diya, hence the name Deepavali. The festival is celebrated across India to celebrate the triumph of good over evil. In South India it is celebrated as a symbol of victory of Sri krishna over Narakasura. In North India it is celebrated as a symbol of Lord Rama’s victory over Ravana. But most of the people do worship Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vigneshwara for their blessings. The lighting of diyas during diwali symbolizes purity, good luck, wealth and prosperity.
Normally these diya should be lit using ghee. Whereas the ghee or oil symbolizes negativity or darkness in our minds and wick as our soul. By burning the wick with ghee, we are purifying our souls. In many parts of India, people decorate their houses with 13 diyas, kept at different places for good luck and wealth.
Let’s look at some of the right things to do when lighting a diya…
Where to place diyas:
Where you place a diya can change whether it will welcome positivity or negativity. So it is important to keep in mind that, place your diya at the right place. It is advised to light your first diya at the pooja room. The second can be put near the tulsi plant as it is associated with Goddess Lakshmi. Place diyas in the north or northeast direction to welcome wealth. Place diyas facing east to welcome good health into your life. It is advised to keep the diyas near water containers in your house to get rid of negativity, to get protection against diseases and to welcome wealth.
Timing of placing diyas:
As per vastu and Indian culture, time has an utmost importance. In placing diyas you need to know about the timing. The diyas should be lit throughout the night. Make sure you put enough ghee in diyas. This ensures no negativity will enter your house. As per the vastu, Goddess Lakshmi enters houses which are well lit with diyas. So make sure to light the diyas after the lakshmi pooja and they are lit throughout the night.
Keep diyas made of mud:
Mud diyas are used to attract and preserve the holy spirits and divinity. They are good at attracting positivity and banishing negativity. They can create and improve happiness in your house. To bring happiness to your home, as per vastu you can light different colors of diyas in different directions. Light green diya at east, red at south, blue at north, dark blue at west.
Use ghee to light the diyas:
Lighting diyas using ghee can banish negativity as they have stronger divinity attracting particles. Ghee diyas can release devine frequencies which can bring happiness to your home. The ghee should be prepared using cow’s milk. If ghee is not available then you can use mustard oil to light the diyas.
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