Heritage Hanging Oil Lamp " Thooku Vilakku " For Goddess Worship From South India - L 53 cm x Dia 11 cm

From our Heritage collection - Rare Vintage Hanging Lamp 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, the lamp has an amazing patina finish and a thick chain handcrafted from bell metal using the "Lost Wax" process of metal casting. 

Used in the pooja room or temple for the worship of Goddess Bhagavati which means a Goddess in Sanskrit - a general way people refer to the Hindu goddesses in Kerala, Goa and Maharashtran states of India but can be used to refer any of the Hindu goddesses like Durga, Kannaki, Parvati, Saraswati, Lakshmi and Kali. 

Always an integral part of the prayer room, the presence of these lamps was an important aspect of ritual worship offered to a deity. Moreover, a day was kept aside for the worship of the lamp in the busy festival calendar, 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!.

Measures : Length 53 cm x Base diameter 11 cm. Length of chain is 40 cm 

Weight : 1.25 kilograms .