Diya (lamp)

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Diya Mohnot
Two diyas with oil
The Diwali Diya.jpg
A diya with multiple wicks
Diya on balcony ledge
Earthen oil diya used for Diwali
Oil lamp on rangoli.jpg
A diya on top of a rangoli
'Diya's' on Ganges river on Dev Deepavali festival.jpg
Diya floating on river Ganges
Diya, or oil lamp, in different formations

A Diya, diyo, deya,[1] divaa, deepa, deepam, or deepak is an oil lamp. It is used in the Indian subcontinent, mostly in India and Nepal. It is usually made from clay and a cotton wick dipped in ghee or vegetable oils. Diyas are native to the Indian subcontinent. It is often used in Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Zoroastrian religious festivals such as Diwali[2] or the Kushti ceremony.

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  1. Sacred Places of a Lifetime. Washington DC: National Geographic Society. 2008. p. 270. ISBN 978-1-4262-0336-7.
  2. "Diwali: Significance of a Diya". Zee Media Corporation Ltd. Retrieved July 19, 2013.