Puja Lamp or Diya has a great significance in every Hindu household. We all know that diyas not only play a vital role in dispelling darkness from the place, it also creates positive vibrations in the place where it is lit. Diyas also play a vital role in removing vastu doshas from the place. Despite so many positives attached with puja lamps, there are certain rules that must be kept in mind while lighting a diya. There are specific directions and certain hours of the day that it should be lit to get maximum benefits. Let us know some of the key aspects:

What are the types of diyas that should be used in homes to get maximum benefits?

Brass diya is considered the best. Ideally ghee should be used for best results, but specially made panchadeepam puja oil can also be used to get desired results. Diyas with panchadeepam oil are known to emit sattvik or divine frequencies and thus have the capability to fill your home with positive vibes brimming with divine grace. Brass is a good conductor of positive energy and it can help reflect positive energy throughout the home. Using brass diya creates a happy and positive aura in the home. 

Why vastu shastra attach so much importance to lighting a diya?

Vastu shastra is all about bringing in and retaining positive energy in a place. When a place allows inflow of positive energy and has provisions to remove negative energy, then that place is considered ‘perfect’ according to age-old vastu guidelines. Thus, when a diya is lit up with a panchadeepam puja oil, it enhances the positive energy field around it and drives away negative energy from that place. Positive energy attracts abundance, prosperity and peace. 

Whichare the best directions for diya to be kept?

Though lighting a diya is good for home in any direction, there are certain rules that are prescribed in our religious texts. When it is kept in the east facing direction, it is known to provide relief from several diseases and increases the longevity of the inmates of the home. When it is kept in the north or north east direction, it helps in increasing wealth and prosperity and also brings down health issues. Diyas should not be kept in the west facing direction. 

What are some unknown facts about diyas?

Keeping a panchadeepam oil filled diya near a drinking water container (metal container) leads to increase in wealth and health. When one drinks water from that container on a regular basis, one’s health condition will improve to a great extent and he becomes a magnet to attract wealth consistently. This is something that is not known to many people. This is because the positive energy emanating from the panchadeepam oil filled diya will be observed by the water and drinking that water changes the mind and body positively. As our body is made up of more than 70% water, the positive water crystals will fill every cell of your body making us a positive person. 

According to traditional vastu principles, Tulsi plant is associated with goddess Lakshmi. When you have a tulsi plant in your home, placing a diya near it is considered very auspicious as it will please goddess Lakshmi. 

Who can ideally light a diya in our homes? A male or a female? 

In today’s busy life, we can see men lighting a diya. There is no harm in it. But, ideally the benefits increase manifold when it is lit by the lady of the home. It is considered special or auspicious when it is lit by an unmarried girl in the home.  Whoever lights it, make sure diyas are lit at your home on a daily basis without fail. 

Which is the best time of the day to light the lamp?

It is known that goddess Lakshmi will enter only homes that are clean and well-lit. It is recommended to light a diya every morning and evening and keep it burning . 

Which is the best wick to use? Straight or puffed wicks?

We have clear vastu guidelines to clear the doubt. It is always better to use straight wicks instead of puffed wicks. Straight wicks create a perfect fire element and thus helps in attracting superior deities to the place where it is lit. Using a straight wick creates positivity and happiness in the mind of the worshipper.