Diya Meditation Candle
Every auspicious occasion commences with the lighting of a lamp or Diya. Light removes darkness just as knowledge removes ignorance. Hence, we light the Diya as we bow down in prayer, or seek knowledge through meditation. Knowledge of the truth is the greatest of all forms of wealth. The hand-made clay diyas we carry are from Porbandar, which is also the birthplace of Gandhi. Traditionally, they are filled with oil or ghee. A cotton wick is placed in the ghee and lit at the end. Similar to an olive-oil lamp. This 100% plant-based candle contains essential oils of rosemary and cypress in soy.
More history on Diya lamps:
In Valmiki’s epic, the Ramayana, Prince Rama of Ayodhya is exiled by his father, King Dashratha, to the forest for 14 years. Rama is accompanied by his wife, Sita, and his brother, Laxmana. During this time, they encounter several obstacles and adventures, including Sita’s abduction by ten-headed Ravana. Rama enlists the help of an army of monkeys to rescue Sita and triumphs over Ravana. At the end of the exile, as Rama (now King) returns to Ayodhya, the people lit little clay lamps (diya, pronounced dee-ya), to celebrate and welcome Rama, Sita, and Laxmana back to the city. This celebration is annually commemorated as the festival of Diwali.