This is a 16 cm tall hand crafted Vintage "Ganesha Vilakku" - A divine brass oil lamp engraved with the figures of Hindu God Ganesha flanked by 2 elephants and the face of Yali on top of the Villaku and figures of Lord Ganesha with 2 elephants embossed behind.
Before lighting, the lamp is traditionally decorated with flowers and other sacred items.
One can find such Vilakkus kept by families for generations and preserved as a precious ornament. It is said that some families still continue to keep the 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 with Ganeshas figure 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 18 cm X Width 11 cm X Length 13 cm
Weight: 500 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.