Lighting the Diya twice a day is a custom for Hindus and this is part of the prayer. All the ceremonies start with the lighting of the lamp. ( Diya is a small cup-shaped oil lamp having a wick)
Significance of Diya
The oil in Diya symbolizes dirt in the mind.
The cotton symbolizes self or soul.
Diya presents a light when oil is burnt by the wick. Hence lighting of diyas signifies that one needs to get rid of selfish and materialistic thoughts. This frees one from all sadness, leading to enlightenment. source-Deccan chronicle.
Do you know the Priceless Wick?
‘Let mercy be the cotton
Contentment the thread
Continence the knot
And truth the twist
O! Priest, if you have such a thread
Do give it to me
It will not wear out nor get soiled
Nor be burnt nor lost, says Nanak
Blessed are those who go about
Wearing that thread” Guru Nanak Dev ( Guru Nanak is founder of Sikhism )
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