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  • a small candle, lit during ceremonies or rituals. It's a metaphor for love in a similar way that "flame" is in English; you can "keep the candle lit" for Thingummy

    June 25, 2009


    A diya, divaa, deepam, or deepak is a lamp made usually of clay, with wick made of cotton and dipped in ghee or vegetable oils.

    Clay diyas are temporary and are used for special occasions, while diyas made of brass are permanent fixtures in homes and temples. Diyas are native to India, and are often used in Hindu, Sikh, and Jain religious festivals such as Diwali. A similar lamp called a butter lamp is similarly used in Tibetan Buddhist offerings.

    May 9, 2010