Vintage Thooku Vilakku - Traditional Brass Oil Lamp From South India. L 90 cm x Dia 11 cm

From our Vintage collection - Brass Hanging Lamp used to worship the Goddesses and claimed to be one from the ancestral lamps of a family from Kerala in the Kannur region. 

Called a Thooku-Vilakku - "Hanging Lamp" in Malayalam with a link chain, the lamp is handcrafted from bell metal with 5 grooves for lighting the lamp with oil and wicks and the bottom level for the dripping oil.

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 90 cm with diameter of 11 cm

Length of the chain: 76 cm 

Weight : 1.35 kilograms