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Diya, or oil lamp, in different formations
A Diya, diyo, deya, divaa, deepa, deepam, or deepak is an oil lamp used in the Indian subcontinent, notably India and Nepal, usually made from clay, with a cotton wick dipped in ghee or vegetable oils. Diyas are native to the Indian subcontinent often used in Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Zoroastrian religious festivals such as Diwali or the Kushti ceremony.
Diwali: The lightening of Diyas forms an important part of celebrations and rituals of the festival. The houses are decorated with small diyas being placed at boundaries and entrance of houses. In fact, the name of Diwali is derived from the Sanskrit word Deepavali, which means the row of lights ("deep" means Diya and "avali" means row).
Worship and prayers
A diya placed in temples and used to bless worshippers is referred to as an aarti.
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