2 November 2008

Eco friendly floating candles

To all readers: Happy Diwali! Hope the coming year brings prosperity and peace of mind.

For our celebrations I adapted candles I saw at a devi temple to become floating candles. I'm sure many people already know about these candles but, here's the protocol that my grandma and I optimized. 
  • Cut lemon in half.
  • Squeeze out juice throughly. Make sure not to bruise the skin or puncture it. Use lemon juice for refreshing lime soda.
  • After feeling refreshed, turn the lemon inside out. Wipe the skin with a dish cloth to remove all moisture. Place in a bowl of water to make sure it will float. We laid the candle gently on the water and watched it for 3-5 minutes ...basically the time it took for us to clean the rest of the lemons. 
  • If lemon floats, set it aside. Test all lemons before turning them into candles. 
  • To make candle take a cotton wick dipped in ghee and place in the center of lemon boat. Pour about 2-3mL of oil. Gently lay candle in the bowl you want it in. Now light it. 
  • Candles prepared this way lasted 30 - 45 mins. If you want them to last longer you'll have to top off the oil or change wicks.  
  • We placed our candles in a brass shallow pot (urulu) in the midst of flowers. 


  1. interesting. I learn something new everytime I read your blog! :)

    happy diwali to you too M.


  2. Yo! Yep, it is called "nimmbe deepa seve", done at the temples of goddesses (typically, banashankari), done continuously for x weeks; as an offering when boons are granted. Basically, it's similar to keeping a "vrath". Both ladies and men do this.

    And I like the fact that you went creative and used it for deepavalli. :)

  3. Urulu, the barren rock formation from Australia, has thrilling shades of rock to stir you within. The dawn & evenings at Urulu would hold you enthralled. Urulu’s low grottos have quite ancient carvings & art works like grotto’s paintings form olden days. The water pools, plants & wild animals is an rather interesting contrst to the enormous Ayers rock. To rather curious minds, refer: http://www.journeyidea.com/urulu-the-extraordinary-pebble-part-ii/