Earthen Lamps and Vedic Rituals
In vedic literature, an earthen lamp is considered to be a
manifestation of yagna, which is (a ritual performed by igniting the sacred
fire. Incidentally a yagna along with "Goddess Gayatri" is considered to
be the source of all vedic literature.
That is why lighting an earthern lamp is considered to be an
integral part of almost every vedic ritual. An earthen lamp, under
vedic rituals, is generally placed on the sacred platform ('pujavedi)'
where vedic rituals are performed. Along with various deities, the
earthen lamp is also worshipped.
In Vedic India, fire was worshipped with great reverence and an
earthen lamp was considered to be carrying 'jyoti' (flame) which
was worshipped too. In almost every Hindu's house, thus, one can
find an earthen lamp being lighted every day carrying forward the
legacy of various vedic concepts.
A lighted earthen lamp is considered to be one of the most purest
objects in vedic rituals as it consumes all impurities and yet it
remains pure. It has been used as a symbol to explain the essence
of vedas by many sages and spiritual leaders as the message of
vedic literature is 'to go from darkness to the flame, that is light'.
The earthen lamps are worshipped in Vedic rituals as a symbol of
cosmic energy. Some of the old scriptures also mention that one can
meditate by focusing on the bright yellow flame of an earthen lamp.
This particular method of meditation improves mental concentration and
introduce positive energy field that help one to feel integrated with
the cosmic consciousness. That is why it is regularly used in
‘aarti’ (devotional prayer), another age-old vedic ritual.
Scientifically and medically, an earthen lamp lit with the help of
good quality oil or ghee (clarified butter) is considered to be one of the best germicides.
Its soft glow is soothing for human eyes. One can meditate by concentrating one's gaze
on the tip of the flame of a lighted earthen lamp.