“Deepam ParaBrahma Swaroopam”. Deepam means a “LAMP”. Lamps have secured a unique place from time immemorial. Fire has been an important part of human culture from times immemorial.
During the Vedic era, fire was kept alive in every household in some form and was carried with oneself while migrating to newer locations. Later the presence of fire in a household or a religious building was ensured by lighting an oil lamp. Over the years various rituals and customs evolved around an oil lamp. As per our ancient vedic texts (Agni Puranam), Lamps have secured a predominant place in our culture, its regarded as a symbol of absolute fire. The shloka “Tamaso Ma JyothirGamaya” says by lighting a lamp we are inviting the Divine forces to clear us of our ignorance, supress our negative emotions, increase our knowledge and brighten the righteous path through which we walk.
According to our veda Sashtras, Goddess Lakshmi resides in the flame of the lamp and hence when the lamp (Deepam) is lit, she blissfully enters that home and resides there. Providing all round prosperity peace and happiness.