Why President Obama Lit A Diya In The White House – An Auspicious Ritual

President Obama Lit A Diya In The White House

Diwali is the Christmas of India and this year the celebrations sailed across the seven seas and reached the Oval Office where the U.S. President Barack Obama lit a Diya, correction – lit the ‘FIRST EVER DIYA’ in the Oval Office of the White House.

He said – “This year, I was honored to kindle the first-ever Diya in the Oval Office — a lamp that symbolizes how darkness will always be overcome by light. It is a tradition that I hope future presidents will continue.” 

Just goes to show how well the U.S. President has understood the relevance of lighting a lamp.  Let’s see how else lighting a Diya attracts health, prosperity and good fortune…

  • In India every holy ritual begins with the lighting of a lamp, it is customary to chant this shloka while lightning of Diya – “Subham Karoti Kalyanam Arogyam Dhana Sampadah, Shatru Buddhi Vinashaya Dipa Jyotir Namostute, Deepajyothi Parabrahma Deepajyothi Janardhana, Deepo me hara tu paapam Deepaa Jyothir Namostute.” It is believed that when we practice this ritual the Gods come down to bless us.
  • The light of a Diya represents wisdom, positivity and serenity, and lighting of lamps on a regular basis is considered auspicious. Regular kindling of Diyas also helps in removing negativity, ignorance and darkness from a house or workplace.
  • Diwali, the name of the most famous Indian festival is derived from Sanskrit word “Deepavali” which means “a string of lamps.” Lakshmi the goddess of wealth is worshiped on this auspicious day and it is believed that Lakshmi doesn’t come in a dark home. Thus, the Diyas lit on Diwali bring Lakshmi and with her they bring good fortune and prosperity.
  • The light rays from Diya’s generate magnetic forces which positively affect the atmosphere of the surroundings. When these rays penetrate through our body they activate our nerves and they are also found useful in curing blood.

If you are wondering why bother with a Diya when we can just as easily switch on the lights to remove darkness; well, you aren’t entirely wrong however, you may have been ignoring the spiritual significance of the Diya.

A Diya is resplendent with symbolism the ghee/oil in the Diya represents our negative predispositions and the wick represents our ego. When a lamp is lit our negative tendencies slowly get exhausted by the spiritual enlightenment and our ego is destroyed by the fire.

Can you do that with lights? I think not!


Kanika Gautam

Kanika is an ardent writer and a serial blogger in addition to being the founder of the website www.yourmotivationguru.com where she writes about workplace trends, startups, team skills, increasing productivity, improving life, attaining goals, and growing the HAPPINESS ratio of your life. She is a technologist, bibliophile, speaker, educator, writer and online entrepreneur. Follow her on twitter @LtsGetMotivated.