From our Heritage collection - This is a rare Vintage oil and wick Lamp measuring 86 cm in length used for decades to worship the Goddesses and claimed to be one from the several ancestral lamps of a family from Kerala in the Kannur region.
Called a Thooku-Vilakku - "Hanging Lamp" in Malayalam with an amazing finish and a traditional link chain with a ribbed hook, the lamp is handcrafted from bell metal with 9 grooves for lighting the lamp with oil and wicks and the bottom level for the dripping oil.
Handcrafted in Kerala using the " Lost Wax" process of metal casting as per traditional century old practises by the skilled artisans.
Always an integral part of the prayer room, the presence of these lamps was an important aspect of ritual worship offered to a deity and a day was kept aside for its worship on one no moon day in the month of Shravan.
This reverence for the Lamp is based on the symbolism of the journey from darkness and ignorance to light and the knowledge of the ultimate reality – 'Tamaso Ma Jyotirgamaya!.
The lamp Measures:
Length with chain 86 cm with diameter of 19 cm at the top and 18 cm at the bottom.
Length of the chain: 54 cm
Distance between the 2 levels is 10 cm
Weight : 2.8 kilograms