Hindu families light a diya every morning and evening which is a customary practice and also signifies the submission of the soul to the supreme power. Diya is lightened with oil and cotton wick.

But what is the significance of this earthen lamp! The oil represents the dirt (greed, jealousy, hatred, lust etc) while the cotton wick symbolises aatman (self). The diya teaches one to get rid of materialism in order to unite with the supreme power.

Symbol of knowledge 'Diya'

The word Deepavali is derived from the words Deepon ki avali, which means 'row of lamps'. The festival marks the victory of good over evil. In Hindu mythology, Ayodhya people had welcomed Lord Ram, Sita and Lakshman when they returned after 14 years exile.

Lord Ram, Lakshman, Lord Hanuman and an army of monkey and Vanar Raj Sugreeva had defeated Lanka King Ravana, who had abducted Sita.

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