Vastu tips to light Diwali diyas

[] Here is all you need to know about the traditions associated with the Diwali diya lighting and tips to celebrate a Vastu-compliant Diwali

Lighting of diyas holds a lot of importance in Indian tradition. No ceremony starts without lighting an Akhand diya (the ever-lit lamp) in India. As Diwali is the festival of lights, so lighting diyas is the most important thing in Diwali. While we already know how to light Diwali diyas and celebrate the festival, we may or may not be aware of the significance of lighting a diya.

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So, let us learn more about the tradition of Diwali diya lighting through this article, which would also discuss tips to celebrate a Vastu-compliant Diwali and light diyas.

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Significance of Diwali diyas

A source of energy, fire is one of the five elements of life, and represents our passion, compulsion, zeal, creativity and motivation. It is also a representative of the divine light that dispels all negative notions.

A Diwali diya is supposed to be the carrier of all negative emotions in the form of lubricant (oil or ghee), ego (in the form of a wick or baati). It burns all negative emotions from our lives. The lighting of Diwali diyas also signifies our acknowledgement of the divine power.

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Best material for Diwali diyas

The humble earthen diyas remain the most preferred choice among Vastu experts to celebrate the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and have a prosperous Diwali, although the market remains filled with other options. You can also easily find Diwali diyas made of brass, copper and silver. They are good conductors of heat and therefore, these metal diyas would heat up quickly. It might lead to minor fire accidents if we do not pay proper attention. On the other hand, earthen diyas are safe.

Vastu tips to light Diwali diyas

Number of Diwali diyas

In Indian tradition, odd numbers are generally favoured over even numbers. This is also true for Diwali diyas. The Vastu-prescribed ideal numbers for Diwali diyas are 9, 27, 108 or 1,008.

Vastu tips to light Diwali diyas

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Diwali diya colours

According to Vastu experts, earthen lamps of various colours should be placed in all directions of the house, to bring peace and prosperity to one’s life. Follow the colour scheme suggested below to achieve your goal.

Vastu tips to light Diwali diyas

Diwali diya: Diya colour for different directions












Blue or grey


Deep blue


Pink or grey

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Vastu tips to light Diwali diyas

Preparation before lighting Diwali diyas

Make sure you earthen Diwali diyas are not chipped or broken. This must be done at the time of buying and picking them. Pick each piece carefully. Vastu experts are against the use of chipped and broken diyas for Diwali pooja.

Your earthen lamps must be completely soaked in water for a couple of hours and then dried up, before being set for lighting. Water soaking treatment is necessary so that your Diwali diyas could not soak too much of oil or ghee and remain cool throughout the period of being lit up. Clean your brass, copper and silver Diwali diyas properly before lighting them for Diwali pooja.

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Vastu tips to light Diwali diyas

Lighting of Akhand diya

You need to first light the Akhand diya, a ceremonial lamp which is supposed to be lit throughout the night. One of the Diwali diyas is supposed to be lit all night to bring in overall prosperity to your house. However, it is not possible to keep all the Diwali diyas being lit up all night for a variety of reasons, as such diyas can lead to fire accidents. Moreover, it is not possible to monitor Diwali diyas all night. So, people generally keep one Akhand diya being lit up all night on Diwali. This Akhand Diwali diya must be lit first. The Akhand diya must be placed at the centre of Vedi, a ceremonial place of worship. This Vedi could be in your pooja room or any other area of your house where you plan to conduct the Diwali pooja.

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Oil or ghee: What shall be used to light Diwali diyas?

Traditionally, people used pure ghee to light Diwali diyas. Therefore, ghee is considered as the preferred choice to light up Diwali diyas. However, lighting ghee diyas on Diwali might be problematic for two reasons. First, it is hard to find unadulterated ghee these days. Second, ghee has the tendency to solidify. As a result, the chances of ghee diyas being lit up all night are slim.

Mustard (sarso) and sesame (til) oil could be better replacement for ghee for Diwali diyas. They are cheaper than ghee and last longer. Refilling of Diwali diya is much easier in case of oil as compared to ghee. Oils are easily available in the market. Both these essential oils are considered as great diffusers of negativity. To follow traditions, you can use ghee to keep your Akhand diya lit up all night. Keep refilling the Akand diya throughout the night.

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Wick for Diwali diyas

A Diwali diya can either have one wick or two. While puffed baatis are easy and convenient, use straight wicks as they signify your ego.

Vastu tips to light Diwali diyas

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Placement of Diwali diyas

Diwali diyas must be placed in every nook and corner of your house. This includes your bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathroom, lobby, terrace, garden, water tanks, etc. As Tulsi is considered as auspicious and represents goddess Lakshmi, you must keep one Diwali diya under the Tulsi plant.

Your Diwali diyas should face north or north-east to attract wealth and prosperity to your house. Keep your Diwali diyas facing east to remain healthy.

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Debora Berti

Università degli Studi di Firenze, IT

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