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Spiritual Oils and Their Significance

Deepa Jyothi worship is common in Hindu households. Lighting a lamp has a deep spiritual significance. As the light of the lamp destroys all ignorance, bestows knowledge, brings in auspiciousness, wealth, health and prosperity. It helps to burn away the negative tendencies in the mind and the sins of past lives. Verily, the light of the lamp is looked upon as the supreme Brahman, to whom salutations are made with sincere devotion and piety.


To light a lamp, different types of oils are used. Each type of oil has a different spiritual benefit to confer upon. According to each person`s need, a particular type of spiritual oil can be used to eliminate their suffering and bring peace into their lives.

Cow`s Ghee

According to Agni Purana, Ghee lamp has the capacity to attract all the positive vibrations in the surrounding atmosphere. Use of Cow`s ghee destroys poverty, bestows wealth, health and heavenly bliss. It spreads an aura of radiance in the household.

Goddess Mahalakshmi is most pleased with a ghee lamp. It attracts her mighty blessings and good fortune. All evil vibrations are destroyed by her grace.

Sesame Oil

It is also called til oil or gingelly oil. Lighting a lamp with this oil eliminates doshas and wards off evil spirits. Those suffering with deep rooted problems for a prolonged period of time, and for elimination of past bad karmas, one has to light a lamp with sesame oil.

To please Lord Saturn or Shani or during the periods of Sade-sati, Saturn`s Mahadasa and Antardasa, sesame oil lamp must be lit for relief and peace from the malefic effects of the planet.

Neem Oil

A mixture of neem oil and mahua oil helps to attract the grace of Goddess Parasakthi and Kula deivatas or family deities. It helps to increase wealth in the household.

Those who face problems from enemies should pray to Lord Bhairava on New Moon days or Krishna Ashtami with 8 lamps of neem oil and perform sahasranama archana to the Lord.

Castor Oil

For happy family life, growth, spiritual development, fame and prosperity, one has to light a lamp with castor oil. It also helps to bring good fortune from relatives.

Coconut Oil

Lighting a lamp with coconut oil attracts the blessings of Lord Ganesha. I t helps one get the blessings of family deities too and increases domestic happiness.

Mahua Oil

It attracts the blessings of Lord Shiva and frees one from all problems of debt and health problems too.

Panchadeepa Oil

  • To eliminate evil eye, negative thoughts, illness, poverty and for beneficial results of wealth, good fortune, health, happiness, lighting a lamp with Panchadeepa oil is a must.
  • It nullifies the evil vibrations at home and fills the atmosphere with highly positive vibrations.
  • It is mixture of sesame oil or coconut oil, castor oil, neem oil, mahua oil and cow`s ghee in the ratio of 3:2:1:2:2. It mitigates all evil and ensures prosperity and 8 forms of wealth. There is abundance of food and the household is happy. There is freedom from debts and all sorts of disharmony are removed.
  • To get rid of obstacles, fear and misery, one has to worship Lord Bhairava on Ashtami and New Moon days with panchadeepa oil lamps, offer red oleander flowers and perform the sahasranama archana.
  • For problems of health, one must pray to Lord Bhairava on Krishna Ashtami by lighting lamps of panchadeepa oil and do vibhuti abisekham to the Lord.

However, sunflower oil and groundnut oil should not be used for lighting lamps as it would increase debts and create financial difficulties.


  1. Panchadeepa oil mention 5 oil and cow ghee total 6 items but gives ratio of 5 oils only. I think it needs some correction.

    I could not find Mahua oil in stores can some more information can be made available about it. Any other popular name etc

  2. Namaste Puneet,

    Ghee + coconut oil + gingely oil + neem oil + castor oil (All pure and in equal quantity) with one wig made of cotton,to be lit on in brass OR Panchaloga lamp facing east to west side, west to East side.

    Thanks & Regards,
    Astroved Member support.

  3. we should only use mix of 5 oils or we can also use mix of 7 oils for lighting lamp

  4. Namaste Vasuki,

    Please follow…………..
    Ghee + Coconut oil + gingely oil + Neem oil + castor oil (All pure and in equal quantity) with one wig made of cotton,to be lit on in brass lamp facing east west side,

  5. Sir,
    Please let us know if we mix :- ghee + coconut oil + gingili oil + neem oil + castor oil (All pure and in equal quantity) with one wig made of cotton,to be lit on in brass lamp facing east west side, on the north corner of the house. The lamp will be placed on wooden cup board, below the lamp there will be a stainless steel tray covered with betelnut leaves (this because over flow of oil at the time of filling lamp with oil) near to the lamp,there will be of pictures of Sri Ganapati,Lakshmi ji and Saraswati ji devi (facing north south) we wish to keep this lamp lighting four hours in the morning (6 AM to 10 AM) and in the evening also (6PM to 10 PM)
    We will be changing cotton wig daily, but cleaning the lamp and changing balance of oil on daily bases may not be practical on daily bases but can be done once in a week , will that be OK? Since we are going to use pure Ghee and oil , the black substance generate in very negligible quantity.
    we request you to kindly let us know this position of lamp, mounting system of lamp , pictures of god and devis and the proportion of oil and ghee are correct.
    We also seek your humble suggestions on this aspect.
    Your early reply is requested.
    Thanking you in advance,
    With best regards,
    Anup Vardhan.

  6. Namaste Anup Varadhan,

    The sequence of your mail information is correct on lighting the lamp.

    Keep the lamp either facing East to west OR west to East.

    You can keep the pictures of Lord Ganesha, Shiva, Goddesses, Vishnu and other Dieties which you worship.

    Apply dots of turmeric mixed with water and kumkum around the lamp which gives Auspiciousness.

    You can keep the lamp lighting from morning (6 AM to 10 AM) and in the evening also (6PM to 8 PM).

    Use Either the Ghee OR gingely oil to light the lamp, once in a week clean the lamp.


    With Kind Regards,
    Astroved member support.

  7. On what days I should light coconut oil lamp to ganesha .. can I light coconut oil lamp in temples also

  8. Dear Swathi,

    You can light on the Chathurthi days waning and waxing moons, also on the chathurdasi days.

    Astroved member support.

  9. Namaste
    I want to know that i am using only gingly oil to diya with wet thread it means (Hasi Noolu)telling in Kannada its im not using any cotton and cloth for lightingg diya its right or wrong u tell me

  10. You can either use a cotton wick OR special wicks available in super market, such as lotus wicks, Erruku wicks available in Astroved.

  11. Yes, you can light either on Ghee OR Gingely oil. Both gives Prosperity (Sri Lakshmi Kadaksham).

  12. Sir , unfortunately my pancha oil got mixed with peanut oil … I am very worried about it.will it lead to any problems in family , please let me know about the remedial measures. I am very worried about this issue.please replay me ..

  13. Namaste Bharath,

    Do not worry, mix ghee in that pancha oil little more and start using the oil.

    With Thanks,

    Astroved member support.

  14. What about camphor and eucalyptus oil?

  15. Not Recommended.

  16. Can we use spyabeen oil to light diya? I am using wick from the cotton threads called sugar which is available as a kind of roll – appears like janeu or janoi. Is this OK? We were using sunflower oil till today which won’t be used now, but is there any remedy for the damage done till now?

  17. Soybean oil is a vegetable oil extracted from the seeds of the soybean (Glycine max). It is one of the most widely consumed cooking oils. As a drying oil, processed soybean oil is also used as a base for printing inks (soy ink) and oil paints.

    Please use Gingelly Oil for lighting the Diya.

  18. I meant soyabeen oil. Thanks.

  19. Namaste Neilesh,

    Soybean oil is the most widely used edible oil in the United States. Almost all margarine and shortenings contain soybean oil. It is also frequently used in mayonnaise, salad dressings, frozen foods, imitation dairy and meat products and commercially baked goods.

  20. Karanja oil used for

  21. Dear Balakrishna,

    Karanja Oil is used to treat eczema, psoriasis, skin ulcers, dandruff and to promote wound healing. Karanja Oil is also prized for its insecticidal and antiseptic properties. Pet Care and Agricultural Use: Karanja Oil is also utilized in pet care for the treatment of fleas, mange, and scabies.

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