Diwali, the festival of lights, sparkles, traditions and everything sweet, is just around the corner. You can feel the happiness already in the air. Among the myriad customs and rituals that mark this auspicious occasion, the act of lighting diyas (earthen lamps) holds a special place in the hearts of celebrants. Each lamp is placed strategically and precisely to illuminate the space with divine significance. In this blog, we have tried to make it easy for you to understand the placement of these lamps along with the symbolism & cultural richness behind the ancient practice.
The number 13 has historical and cultural significance in Hinduism. It represents the 13 phases of the moon, each with its unique energy. Also, the lighting of 13 diyas is believed to harness these energies, bestowing blessings and positivity upon the entire household. Additionally, the reason behind the strategic placement of diyas symbolises the triumph of light over darkness and the elimination of ignorance.
In Hinduism, light represents knowledge that eradicates the darkness of ignorance. Lighting 13 Diwali diyas is considered a way to seek the blessings of deities for health, wealth, knowledge and prosperity. Besides, their arrangement often follows specific patterns, aligning with sacred geometry while enhancing their spiritual potency.
In fact, according to Vedic astrology, the 13 diyas signify the 13 celestial bodies. Some people see them as a gesture of gratitude to the deities. Placing diyas is a pious activity for which people first clean their homes and even create intricate rangoli patterns to welcome the light. Here’s the most recommended Diwali diyas pattern (and their significance) to make way for a brighter, more harmonious future –
1-5 Diyas: The Entrance
The first five diyas find their place at the entrance of the home. Placed in a semi-circle, they welcome Goddess Lakshmi, the harbinger of wealth and prosperity, into the household. Also, their soft glow guides the deity, ensuring that no corner remains untouched by her blessings.
6-7 Diyas: The Prayer Room
Put the next two diyas in your prayer room. So, when positioned on either side of the idols or pictures of revered deities, these two diyas represent spiritual enlightenment and invoke divine wisdom, creating a sacred ambiance for prayers and meditation.
8-9 Diyas: The Kitchen
Moving to the kitchen, people lit two diyas to honour the hearth, the provider of sustenance. Furthermore, when placed near the stove, these diyas symbolise the family’s nourishment, embodying the goddess Annapurna’s benevolence, ensuring your home never faces hunger.
10-11 Diyas: The Study or Workplace
In the study or workplace, place two diyas that signify the pursuit of knowledge and intellect. Position them on the study table or near important documents. This way, they will embody the enlightenment of the mind, promoting focus, creativity and success in academic or professional endeavours.
12-13 Diyas: General Home Illumination
Place the final two diyas in the common areas of the home. Their light spreads warmth and positivity, symbolising unity and shared happiness. Placed strategically, these diyas ensure the entire household basks in collective harmony and blessings.
As your Diwali diyas flicker, they will not only illuminate the physical space but also fill every heart with light & love. Also, do note that the precise placement of these diyas is important to welcome divine and holistic blessings.