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What is the oil to be used to light up

lamp while praying god?

The best oil to light up lamp before god is cow ghee. Next comes ordinary oil. Mahua flower oil or ippa oil might be extraordinary. The benefits of lighting up the lamp with ghee oil
are ultimate. We get ashta aishwarya and ashta bhoga (great wealth and health)
If we light the lamp with amudham oil (in Telugu), castor oil we get fruitful marriage life, and would be able to maintain good relations between wife and husband.

NOTE: It is said we should never light the lamp with ground nut oil before god.

When it comes to goddess Maha Lakshmi, it is prescribed to light up the lamp with cow ghee, and when it comes to Lord Ganesha, it is recommended to light up the lamp with til oil (nuvvula nuna in Telugu)