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Diwali Diya is a small earthen lamp that is lit especially at Indian Festival Of Lights Diwali. They are usually made of clay. Ghee or oil is used as the fuel and cotton wool as the wick. Though in these days electric lights are replacing earthen Diyas,still the charm of traditional Diwali Hindu Lamps is there. These Diwali diyas are used for offering prayers to Gods and the deceased ancestors, are floated on leaves over the holy rivers like the Ganges at Haridwar.They have long been linked with Diwali tradition and are today the most integral of all the Diwali decorations.
Tradition Of Diwali Diyas:
It is said that when Lord Rama returned to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile, the people were overjoyed to see him along with Sita and Lakshman. Since it was a no moon night, people lit up candles and diyas along Lord Rama's path. Once he reached his abode, there was also a dazzling display of fireworks. Everybody sang, and danced in celebration and welcomed their king with open arms and hearts. Since then, each year that day came to be celebrated as Diwali, and the Diwali Diya became its most conspicuous feature. Today these small earthen lamps can be found lit in every home, office and temple.
Different Types Of Diyas:
Beautifully crafted diyas beckon attention of the buyers. The earthen diya used on the occasion of Diwali, reflects ancient design sense that is simple and stunning in concept and universal in appeal. The Diwali season sees a proliferation of clay creativity ranging from roadside agals to designer diyas displayed in art and craft boutiques.
During Diwali, various shops showcase brilliant diwali diyas and lamps crafted by ceramic designers from all over the country. There are also diyas with zari and mirror in exuberant colours. Delightfully, imaginative diyas with sharply cut edges, embellished with cut work are covered and filled with bright coloured wax.
Mirror work and zari embellished deep, traditional diyas as well as those embellished with fragrant dried flowers, Ganesha and Lakshmi diyas with 21 or 11 spouts, diyas shaped like China leaves and shaded roses, tiny Parvati Ganesha lamps and many other design vie for attention. Made out of clay, the diyas in vivid shades of yellow, blue, pink, gold and silver are well crafted.
In each legend, myth and story of Deepawali lies the significance of the victory of good over evil; and it is with each Deepawali and the lights that illuminate the homes and hearts, that this simple truth finds new reason and hope. Since baked-mud 'diyas' or 'deeps' are considered more holy and auspicious, they are purchased to light on the Diwali night, particularly before the idols or photographs of gods and goddesses while offering prayers.
Shoppe Diwali Diyas,candles, lights * anything that drives away the darkness of dismal ignorance. Ushering in rejuvenation, joy and togetherness, symbolising reason and hope. Empowering with the *light* of knowledge and driving away all that is *evil'. *To let goodness reign supreme * that is in essence the meaning behind Diwali, a start of new beginnings.
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