Lotus stem wick
The diya, heart of Hinduist ceremonies
The indian oil lamp, or diya, takes an important part in Hinduist ceremonies, and has been used to bless worshippers in temples or at home for generations. All the elements of the oil lamp have precise meanings and the Lotus stem wick, or Tamara Vattulu, is one of the most important.
The oil used in the lamp and the flame both represent the Goddess Lakshmi who blesses the worshipper with wealth. The brightness of the flame symbolizes the Goddess Saraswati who brings education and knowledge, and the heat from the flame embodies the Goddess Durga who burns away and destroys all evil.