Indian tradition places a lot of importance on lighting Diyas. In India, no ceremony is complete without lighting an Akhand Diya (the ever-burning lamp). Because Diwali is the festival of lights, lighting Diyas is the most important part of the festival.

Diwali diyas: their significance

A source of energy, fire is one of the five elements of life, and represents our passion, compulsion, zeal, creativity and motivation. It is also a representative of divine light that dispels all negative notions.

A Diwali diya is supposed to be the carrier of all negative emotions in the form of lubricant (oil or ghee), and ego (in the form of a wick or baati). It burns all negative emotions from our lives. The lighting of Diwali diyas also signifies our acknowledgment of divine power.

Diwali diya material recommendations

The humble earthen diyas remains the most preferred choice among Vastu experts to celebrate the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and have a prosperous Diwali, although the market remains filled with other options. You can also easily find Diwali diyas made of brass, copper, and silver. They are good conductors of heat and therefore, these metal diyas heat up quickly. It might lead to minor fire accidents if we do not pay proper attention. On the other hand, earthen diyas are safe.

Diwali diyas number

In Indian tradition, odd numbers are generally favored over even numbers. This is also true for Diwali diyas. The Vastu-prescribed ideal numbers for Diwali diyas are 9, 27, 108, or 1,008.

Colors of Diwali diyas

According to Vastu experts, earthen lamps of various colors should be placed in all directions of the house, to bring peace and prosperity to one’s life. Follow the color scheme suggested below to achieve your goal.

Lighting Diwali diyas: preparations

Make sure your earthen Diwali diyas are not chipped or broken. This must be done at the time of buying and picking them. Pick each piece carefully. Vastu experts are against the use of chipped and broken diyas for Diwali pooja.