Wednesday, July 15, 2009


In India, the entire household lights the lamp in front of the GOD (He may be in the shape of photograph, statue, painting, etc. The timings may differ – Somewhere at Dawn, Somewhere at Dusk, somewhere both the times. Somewhere continuously (You may notice these in the popular temples and popular persons memorial). And also during any occasion, the ritual is that the function starts with lighting a lamp by the chief guest. And the lamp is giving light throughout the function.

Why lamp? How it helps?

First of all, in ancient days when there were no electricity and it was jungle everywhere, the people started this as an essential requirement to see each other and to establish that there is a meeting taking place.

If you consider it in the philosophical terms:

The lamp symbolizes: The knowledge. The knowledge removes/replaces the ignorance – light replaces the darkness.

Why the tube lights and modern day bulbs are not used in worshipping. I do not know.

But the lamp with oil or ghee as a medium gives us the aroma and they are not warming the globe. Our forefathers would have thought well in advance about our ill treatment to the mother earth.


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  3. //In India, the entire household lights the lamp in front of the GOD (He may be in the shape of photograph, statue, painting, etc//

    My mother also having this habit. Its give some confident to entire family. Its give nice feeling also. I feel this. O.K.

  4. Thank you very much Balaji. It was very nice of you to post a comment(s). You may see there are comments from T.M.P., Rajeev, and more friends. However, let me look in to, if at all there us a problem.

  5. சார் கொஞ்சம் புரியலிங்க. நான் கொஞ்சம்(?) ஆங்கிலிஸ்சில் வீக்.

  6. I told that "I shall check if there is a problem in the blog. So that you need not suffer for commenting."

  7. in earlier days their were insects used to disturb the proceedings that's why where the podium is there they light lamp so that it can act as insect repellent.

    All auspicious functions commence with the lighting of the lamp, which is often maintained right through the occasion.
    Light symbolizes knowledge, and darkness - ignorance. 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.
    Why not light a bulb or tube light? 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. The flame of a lamp always burns
    upwards. Similarly we should acquire such knowledge as to take us towards higher ideals.
    Whilst lighting the lamp we thus pray:
    Deepajyothi parabrahma
    Deepa sarva tamopahaha
    Deepena saadhyate saram
    Sandhyaa deepo namostute

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