This is a 16 cm tall hand crafted Vintage "Kamatchi Vilakku" - A divine brass oil lamp with the figures of Goddess or Devi Kamakshi engraved on the lamp flanked by 2 elephants and the engraving of Yali on top of the Villaku.
Before lighting, the lamp is traditionally decorated with flowers and other sacred items.
One can find the Kamatchi Vilakku kept by families for generations and preserved as a precious ornament. It is said that some families still keep the Kamatchi Lamp burning from the time it was lit by their ancestors.
The "Deepam"or the light of the lamp denotes and illuminates knowledge and eradicates the darkness and the ignorance in us. In Hindu culture, lighting of a lamp is very significant as considered an auspicious part of the Panchaloha, or the five-metals, an alloy of sacred significance and widely used for making Hindu temple idols.
Measures: Height 16 cm X Width 13,5 cm X Diameter of base 11cm
Weight: 950 grams
Note: The lamp is lit as a tradition with a wick made of cotton dipped in oil kept in the well of the lamp with jasmine flowers around the lamp.