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.
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.
- 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.