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Why: Waving of Lamp during Hindu Puja – Ritualistic circling of Diya before Deity

Waving of lamp or Diya before the murti or the image of deity is an indispensable aspect of the worship and prayer in Hinduism. The circling of light (diya) ritual is known as Dipa, Arati, Aratika or Nirajana. It is performed usually at the end of a Hindu puja. For the ritualistic circling a lamp with one, three, five or seven wicks dipped in clarified butter or oil is used. Some people prefer to use camphor (Karpura).
Symbolically, the person who performs the circling of Diya and the people who witness is believed to conquer ignorance and burn up all the sins performed.
The waving of the lamp is also recognition of the fact that whatever is born perishes and is later born again. This wheel of life and death has been going on perpetually from time immemorial like the cycle of sunrise and sunset. We pray to the deity to save us from this cycle. Lucky are those that are able to attain Moksha and merge with the Supreme Truth (Brahman). The sole aim of human being is to attain Moksha or l…

Dhulheti – Dhulandi during Holi Festival

Dhulheti, or Dhulandi, is the second day of Holi celebrations and people play with colors on the day. In 2018, the date of Dhulheti is March 2. The first day of Holi celebrations is dedicated to the burning of huge bonfires at night, which symbolizes the death of Demon Holika, and is known as Holika Dahan. On Dhulheti, people throw colored powder and colored water on each other.

There are numerous reasons for celebrating Dhulheti, the most popular belief is that people celebrate the victory of good over evil on the day.

Another popular belief is that the celebrations herald the arrival of spring season by taking inspiration from the myriads of colors in nature’s bounty.

It is also believed that the season in which Holi is celebrated sees numerous weather changes and this result in skin diseases and other viral attacks. So the playing of Holi using Natural colors extracted from medicinal herbs was a method used by ancient Indians to fight the common diseases occurring during the seaso…

Narada Bhakti Sutra Teachings

No worry or anxiety should be entertained at worldly losses, as it is the nature of a true devotee to surrender constantly his limited self and all its secular and sacred activities to the Lord of his heart. (VI, 2:61)Until a consummate (perfect and complete in every respect) love is gained (or even after attaining the consummate love), worldly activities are not to be abandoned. Certainly, we must diligently pursue love and learn to renounce our anxiety to enjoy the fruit of our actions. (VI, 2:62)Virtues, like ahimsa, truthfulness, cleanliness, compassion and faith in the Lord should be consistently cultivated. (VIII, 2:78)Always free from all mental anxiety, the Lord alone is to be invoked and sought after with all factors of our personality. (VIII, 2:79)Narada Bhakti Sutra