What is the significance, importance, spiritual and scientific reasons behind lighting diyas

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Significance and importance of lighting diyas
Festival of lights, Deepavali or Diwali is celebrated every year on the new moon day. On this day, people light lamps or diyas to get rid of the darkness, to bring in light, and to celebrate the victory of good over evil. However, do you know what is the significance of lighting diyas? If not, let’s find out why do we light diyas?

significance and importance of lighting diyas

Significance and importance of lighting diyas – reason behind lighting diyas

  • Diyas represents goodness and purity. It is said that evil spirits and negative forces gain power and become active when there is no light. So, diyas are lit to weaken those negative energies. Lighting also symbolizes good luck and knowledge.
  • Depending upon the occasion, ghee, mustard oil, neem oil and sesame seeds oils are used to light diyas. Oil or ghee in the diya represents our vaasanas (negative tendencies) like jealousy, greed, hatred and ego. When we light oil or ghee diyas, the vaasanas exhaust slowly and the ego perishes.
  • The flame of a diya always burns upwards which aims to acquire such knowledge that would take us towards higher ideals.
  • A diya represents the victory of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance. It spreads goodness and positivity.
  • Diyas are lit at the entrance of homes because they bring success and prosperity into our lives.
  • Lighting diyas bring positive energy to the place and people around it.
  • The lighting of a diya indicates new beginnings and happy moments.

Do read:Reciting these Lakshmi and Maha Lakshmi mantras on Diwali can make all your dreams come true

Significance and importance of lighting diyas

Apart from these, there are various scientific reasons for lighting diyas.

  • During monsoon, the air is moist and is filled with bacteria. The heat produced from the diya helps in cleaning the air.
  • Diyas are environment friendly. They don’t leave a harmful residue.
  • The light of the diya isn’t dependent on electricity, hence it saves a lot of electricity.
  • Magnesium present in oil reacts with sulfur and carbon oxides present in the air to form sulfate and carbonate. The heavier elements fall to the ground, thereby making the air lighter.
  • The heat in the light destroys bacteria, viruses, etc. present in the air.

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