The importance of lighting a diya during worship can be traced back to Vedas. 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 worshipped as the Lord Himself. Knowledge removes ignorance just as light removes darkness. Also knowledge is a lasting inner wealth by which all outer achievements can be accomplished. Hence we light the lamp to bow down to knowledge as the greatest of all forms of wealth. We therefore keep a lamp lit during all auspicious occasions as a witness to our thoughts and actions.
The oil or ghee in the lamp symbolizes our vaasanas or negative tendencies and the wicked 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.
This lamp is a collector's item. This stunning multi-petaled diya has five small diyas resembling the petals of a flower. Since, so many flames will naturally heat up the brass, this one has a long, elegant but sturdy handle by which you can hold this diya and perform the aarti during prayer.