Antique Hindu Temple Standing Brass Oil Lamp (Southern India) with inscription on the shaft
Used during traditional religious prayers, rituals and ceremonies in homes and hindu temples. The warm, bright glow emitted from the oil lamp is considered auspicious – it represents enlightenment, prosperity, knowledge and wisdom.
Did you ever think about why we light oil lamps during an auspicious event or during puja? Well, In Hinduism, lighting of the oil lamps during prayer ceremonies have been mandatory. Right from the ancient times, people from the Hindu Temple sect consider fire and oil as holy.
The oil lamps also known as diya, divaa, deepam, deepa, diyo etc… are a gesture of inviting positivity in the house. At dusk, lighting an oil lamp at home, puja altar or near the tulsi plant, is believed to create a protective shield of sattvik waves from the Deities who protect the members of the house and the vaastu (place). It is believed that this protects the people in the house from all the negative energies that are generated during the dusk.
In ancient times, people use to light oil lamps during dusk and recite “Shubham Karoti”
शुभं करोति कल्याणं आरोग्यं धनसंपदाम् ।
शत्रुबुद्धिविनाशाय दीपज्योतिर्नमोऽस्तु ते ।।
Meaning: O flame of the lamp, you bestow auspiciousness and wellbeing, health and wealth. You also destroy the intellect of enemies. Therefore I pay obeisance to you.
दीपज्योति:परब्रह्म दीपज्योतिर्जनार्दन: ।
दीपो हरतु मे पापं दीपज्योतिर्नमोऽस्तु ते ।।
Meaning: Light emanating from the oil lamp is in fact, a form of Parabrahman (Supreme Brahman). An oil lamp is Parameshwara (Supreme God), eliminating the sorrow in the world. O lamp, absolve me of sins. I offer obeisance to you.
The vibrations that are generated from the oil lamps are believed to work in three dimensions namely, as the Vastu (Place/house) protector, as one that emits positive energy and the one that bestows peace and prosperity.
There are a number of oils available in the market but did you know only a few types of oil can be used in the diya’s during performing a prayer ceremony or during any auspicious event. Read below to find for yourself the mystic significance some oils hold:
Other than the oils mentioned above you can also use Neem Oil, Mahua Oil, Castor Oil and Jasmine oil for lightening lamps.
Good condition – Wear consistent with age and use. Please look at the various photos available.
Please see pictures for slight dent
Height: 39 cm / inches
Width 15 cm / inches