The 550-hour Light of Life Candle commissioned by Alooatta’s CEO Harbinder Singh Sewak reached—and then surpassed—the goal of burning continuously for 550 hours as of this Sunday (Dec. 1). The giant candle was lit on Nov. 8 to honor the 550th birthday of Sikh spiritual founder Guru Nanak. High Priest Giani Narinder Singh recognized the milestone at Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib in Surrey after 4:00 p.m. prayers.
The Light of Life candle is believed to be the longest-burning candle ever made. This environmentally friendly masterwork, made of vegan soya wax, organic mustard seed oil and natural extract of jasmine, has been a remarkable success, says Sewak. He donated the candle to the Gurdwara in early November.
“I’ve heard so many warm comments from visitors to the Gurdwara who deeply revere the Guru and appreciate the symbolism of this Light of Life.”
An extra 10 hours of burning time was built in as a contingency when the candle was made. However, it appears the candle has a lot more life in it, and Sewak expects it will keep burning for days.
“It could be the air in the Gurdwara that has caused the candle to burn more slowly than we thought it would,” he says. “I prefer to think there are other forces at work keeping the glow alive and radiant.”
The 550th birthday of Guru Nanak, who lived from 1469-1539, has been celebrated by Sikhs around the world throughout November.
Candles are symbolically important in Sikhism, as they represent the journey out of darkness into light. The High Priest at Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib said it has been an honour to have the revered Guru Nanak celebrated with the burning of this candle.
Alooatta will continue to commemorate the 550th birthday of Guru Nanak through to November 2020 by selling its Light of Life 550 Series of candles. These candles have two unique burn times: One burns for 550 minutes, the other for 5 hours and 50 minutes.