From our Heritage collection - This is a rare vintage 85 cm tall oil and wick Anna Pakshi brass lamp with grooves and spread over 5 levels, used for decades to worship the Goddesses and claimed to be one from the collection of ancestral lamps from a family in Tamil Nadu, South India.
The Anna pakshi or Hamsa is a mystical bird which has a body and beak of a swan whilst its beautiful plumage resembles a peacockand and believed to reside in heaven. The Anna pakshi is depicted as holding a flowering vine in its beak and as per indian mythology, if a mixture of water and milk is offered to the bird, it is able to seperate milk from water symbolising choice of Truth over falsehood.
Always an integral part of the prayer room or the entrance of the house, the presence of these lamps especially during festivals is an important aspect of ritual worship offered to a deity and its reverence 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:
Height of the Lamp is 85 cm.
Diameter of the 5 levels top to bottom is as follows:
Level 1 - 12 cm | Level 2 - 14 cm | Level 3 - 16 cm | Level - 17 cm | Level - 18 cm
Each level has grooves for the wicks starting at 7 grooves on level 1 and increasing as per the diamter of the level.
The diameter of the base measures 24 cm
Weight : 8.30 kilograms
Note: Each level can be dismantled or opened for ease of cleaning and polishing.