These beautiful vintage oil diyas or lamps are known as Vishnu oil lamps and used in the temples belonging to Vaishnavism that are Lord Vishnu followers which can be seen by the design, the symbols and figures engraved and sculpted on this lamp .
Meaning of the symbols:
In the center of Vishnu diya, you will find The Mark of Vishnu represented by three lines worn by followers on their foreheads. This symbol is called Sri -charanam (Sri-auspicious | Charanam-feet). Members of the Sri Vaishnava tradition form a tilak with two lines representing the feet of Narayana with a red line in the middle which represents Lakshmi devi. A small line under the Sricharanam represents that the wearer belongs to the Thenkalai subsect of Vaishnavism.
The Surya ( Sun) symbol carved on the brass oil lamp indicates this lamp gives light the way the Sun gives dispelling darkness, ignorance and illuminating the area (enlightenment)
The moon symbol can be seen on the right side of Tilak mark. The equivalent word for moon in Sanskrit language is Chandra. The meaning of Chandra in Sanskrit is “bright and shining
The fire symbol
The flames of fire surrounding the back side of these antique oil diyas depict Vishnu as the embodiment of the ever burning, shining and filling the whole universe surrounded by the glowing and flickering groups of galaxies.
Vishnu is one of the most important gods in the Hindu pantheon and Vasihnaism, the largest Hindu sect along with Brahma and Shiva, is considered a member of the holy trinity (Trimurti) of Hinduism.
Lamp Measures: Height 9.5 cm x Width 8 cm each
Weight of 2 lamps: 350 grams