The meaning of our name

The meaning of our name:
A typical earthen oil lamp is called “Deepam”

The warm light of the oil lampDeepam means light or flame. We chose this symbolic name for our project because we intend to bring light into the lives of children who are challenged with disabilities.

Traditionally in Tamil Nadu for centuries, the Deepam Festival of Light is celebrated in the month of Khartigai, just before the full moon at the end of November or beginning of December. Its origin is based on a legend of Lord Shiva having transformed himself into a divine flame.
At Deepam we celebrate this festival with more than a thousand of little clay-lamps filled with oil. At dusk these lamps are lit creating a wonderful, serene atmosphere. Word has spread in the nearby village and in Auroville and we receive several hundred of guests for this occasion.