Lights & Diyas
Lamps are an important part of Indian culture and tradition and is a revered object at homes and temples. It is called deepam in the south and diya in the north. It is a part of ritualistic worship at temples and homes. Lamps across India are found made of clay, terracotta, porcelain, brass, bronze, silver etc. During the festival of Diwali, lights or diyas (oil lamps) cover streets and homes everywhere just as they did in the story of Ramayana. The lights during this festival represent peace, victory, happiness, and good over evil. Diwali is a time of optimism and happiness for a fresh start to a new year.