Thursday, 14 August 2014

How to Make Pancha Deepam Pooja Diya Oil at Home

 

Oil lamps are a part of many traditions and religions all over the world. I have always loved to light diyas/oil lamps in my house both for prayer and for decoration. Diya's are clay lamps that are sold in different sizes. Lighting diya's always gives me a sense of peace and fills me with positive energy. I have always followed the tradition of mixing the oils like how my grandmother taught me. It is made with five oils, that is why it is called "Pancha deepam oil" meaning a mixture of five oils. Each oil in this mixture has it's own individual benefits. They represent the five elements that we are made off and helps to balance the energy field in our body. Though pancha deepam oil is sold in the market, I prefer to make my own with purest oils at home. This mixture has got pure ghee (Clarified butter), sesame oil, neem oil, illupai oil (mahua oil) and castor oil. This mixture of oils is believed to bring happiness, wealth, fame and peace into the home. Lighting the diya's with the mixture of these oils also act as a natural insect and mosquito repellent. When I was younger, my grandma told me about an incident that happened during the Bhopal gas tragedy that killed many people. When the gas leaked, a family who was performing a ritual that involves burning ghee was saved because of the fumes let out by ghee and other things used in the ritual. This incident is etched in my memory and I still remember thinking how all the others also would have been saved, if everyone knew about it. This incident also taught me to take our traditions very seriously. Out of these five ingredients, ghee, sesame oil and castor oil can be easily found in every home. Neem oil and mahua oil can be easily got from any departmental store easily. Try to make a big batch of this oil and regularly use it to light oil lamps in your home. 

 


 METHOD:
1. These are the five oils. Try to get the purest ingredients and try to make your own ghee (clarified butter) at home.


2. Measure out the oils and mix them together.


3. Take a diya and place a cotton wick, pour the oil and light it.


NOTES:
  •  I use diyas but you can use any kind of oil lamp that you have at home.
  • This oil stores well for almost 6 months.

34 comments:

  1. Hello Ramya,
    Happy Independence Day!!
    How are you? I hope you remember me? I am Kirti from New Delhi and I wish to join your blog.... I am the same person who asked you about sending me the arappu powder and i would make you the payment Now i hope u remember....

    I loved this post.... My naniji also believed in traditions and so does my mom....... We too light our evening lamp or diya.... Can you please tell me about the mahua oil? What is it known as in hindi...... i can get neem oil from a chemist rest of the oils are at home but the mahua oil is difficult to get in here? Is it jasmine oil?? or can i supplement it with any other oil do let me know plz......

    Also i wish to join ur blog

    Regards
    Kirti

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  2. Hi Kirti,
    I do remember. "Happy Independence Day" to you too :) It is not jasmine oil. Mahua oil is extracted from Madhuca indica tree. It is called mohwa in Hindi. The oil is used for a variety of purposes like treating skin diseases, rheumatism, head ache etc....

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  3. Hi Ramya,
    Can i use some other oil instead of mahua in case i am not able to find it here in Delhi.... my mom believes in traditions and i would want to find some solutions to diffuse the negativity that exists in my home... there are constant fights and no peaceful environment at home between all of us...

    do let me know please

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  4. Kirti,
    If you are not able to find mahua oil, try pure coconut oil......

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  5. Ramya,
    Here in north india we get good quality mustard oil.... and coconut oil that too pure one is slightly doubtful. Coconut oils are either filtered ones like Parachute or Baba RamDev's Patanjali Tejus coconut oil( this is edible too)....

    Here in North India we have the practise of using mustard oil in earthen lamps known as Diyas or Deepam..

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  6. Kirti,
    If you don't get pure coconut oil, try with mustard oil....

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  7. Thanks for sharing this information.There is a lot to learn from our traditions!

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  8. Hi Ramya do you have any idea if I can get the "illupai oil (mahua oil)" online. I live in the US and was wondering if you happen to know a website link that sells it. I tried browsing a lot of websites but did not run into one that sells it.

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    1. Hi Paavi, After searching, I got this link, try it : http://kngagrofood.tradeindia.com/mahua-oil--946771.html. They sell mahua oil online, I hope they ship it to you...

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  9. This very usefull blog keep this up... Keep posting to everyone this get benefits... Imbame sulga aelorum valga

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  10. Thank a lot ramya. I sent them an inquiry. I am still trying to see if I can find it in one of the stores here. I replaced it with coconut oil in the meanwhile as you suggested in your earlier messages. Thanks for sharing such wonderful information. Truly appreciate your efforts.

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    1. Hi Pavvi,
      I also live in USA. I sent inquiry to the Url, which Ramya Provided.
      Can you please let me Where did you buy? how much quantity and what was the price? How much was the shipping cost.

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  11. Also I managed to find raw Illipe butter online. Can you suggest if that is the same as illipe oil. Would it be enough if I just heat this illipe butter ? Please let me know.

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    1. Hi Pavvi, illipe butter and illupai oil are not the same. Illipe butter belongs to the tree shorea stenoptera...

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  12. Friends for good quality mahua oil or illupai oil please contact me by sms to 8939430382. We can ship it any where in the world. I am a postgraduate in Agriculture so you can vouch on the quality

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  13. Hello,
    Thanks for sharing .immense benefit in following our traditions and customs . I would like to be a part of your blog and share my knowledge . Please let md know how . Pavvi you can get mahua oil online .

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    1. Hi Sangeetha, I am very happy that you are interested in sharing your knowledge. Please write in the comment section and I will share it with everyone...

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  14. Excellent blogs Ramya! I can't thank you enough for this wonderful service of yours. Can I replace neem oil with olive oil or any other oil and also I am replacing the mahua oil with extra virgin coconut oil - is this ok as these two are not easily available around right now.

    Thanks,
    Jeya

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    1. Hi, Jaya, I am so glad that you find the blog useful. Usually only the oils mentioned are used for lighting diya. If you don't get mahua and neem oil substitute them with more of sesame oil itself....

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  15. Hello,
    can you take also rice bran oil to light lamps for pooja?

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    1. We never use rice bran oil for pooja. If you can't make the above mentioned oil, try using only pure sesame oil instead..

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  16. This group is awesome, and Mahua oil(illuppai ennai in tamil) is easily found in shops in south India

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  17. Hai Madam Ramya,
    Thanks indeed for you educative answers and
    Articles.
    Could you please assist me by telling , WHAT IS THE COLOUR OF ORIGINAL CURCUMA AROMATICA? Is it cream colour ?

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    1. Original Curcuma aromatica is cream in color...

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  18. Hi ramyaji..
    I am a person who does pooja daily...now tht v south indians have a concept tht v font use griund nut oil to light deeban fr pooja can i use rice bran oil instead of nalla ennai..kindly suggest..m in a dilemma..
    Regards
    radhika

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    1. But nalla ennai is sesame oil not ground nut oil. I have always made this pooja oil like mentioned in this post as per our tradition and I would suggest the same too..

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  19. remya thanks for the info on panchdiya I heard about lighting lamps with 7 kinds of oil any idea?


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    1. We use only this blend of diya oil at home, no idea about 7 blend oil...

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  20. A namboodri (priest) at the family temple in Kerala told me that mixing oils is not permitted as per ancient texts. One may burn different lamps with different oils at the same time, but each lamp should have a pure unmixed oil. Is what he told me right?

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    1. I am sorry, I don't know what to say as traditional practices vary from place to place. In our place we have always used pancha deepam pooja oil for lighting the lamps at home..

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  21. Hi, thank you for sharing this recipe for the panch deepam oil. just made our first batch today morning...thank you once again... regards, Sarvani.

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  22. I loved each n everything u hv mentioned very very helpful thank you thank you thank you

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  23. Thanks to all. Happy to hear our Hindu traditions are discussed openly in a time when our seniors have left this world.
    Anyone who has problems in getting prayer items can drop me an email at rubazaar15@gmail.com .

    We have almost any prayer items available and can help ship to your door.
    Thanks to Ramya for having this blog !

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