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The Importance of Lamp in Hindu Culture|
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by G. Venkatesh | |
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In our Hindu culture, lighting a lamp denotes dispelling away darkness. The lamp is, in most Indian languages, called as “Jyoti”. When we pray to Goddesses by lighting a lamp, the belief is that we will be richly rewarded with tremendous prosperity. Married women or girls of marriageable age are always advised to light a lamp and pray for the welfare of their family, pray for marriage to a good boy, pray for motherhood. In reality, it is said that Goddess Rajarajeshwari resides in the lamp – she represents the combined form of Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswathi.Propitiating the Deepalakshmi (in the form of Rajarajeshwari) with vermillion, flowers, and stotras every Friday can give you benefits that cannot be described in words.  

Look at this stanza from Lalitha Sahasranamam
 
“Om Suvasinyay namah
Om Suvasin archanapreethayay namah”.The philosophy of the lamp is profound. We light away lamp to drive away sadness and welcome happiness with open arms. You want to acquire knowledge and drive away ignorance, so we pray to Deepalakshmi.  | |

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The flame of the lamp, jyoti has two significant qualities. First it banish darkness and the other is it is always upward. The upward movement of the Jyoti signifies the path of wisdom and the path of divinity. Flame also signifies the power of all the beings so it is also considered as form of Maa Durga. Without fire element or Shakti no one can survive in this universe. It is believed that in the houses where daily jyoti is lighted there can never be darkness or evil forces. -------------------------------------------------

In every Hindu household it is customary to light the deepam ( lamp) twice, both in the morning and evening. This is usually done in the prayer room before the deity. Our daily worship starts with the lighting of the lamp....
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