The diya (oil lamp) symbolizes purity and goodness of inner spirit. Fire is a significant element in the Hindu tradition, symbolizing the purification of evil energies and attraction of divine protection. In the celebration of Holi, fire represents the triumph of good over evil with the arrival of spring in the legend of Prahlada, a hero who survived forced immolation to win victory over the demon Hiranyakashipu.
Dinesh Patel, Diya, 2015. Digital Photograph. ©Dinesh Patel. All rights reserved.