Traditional Brass Vishnu Oil Lamps from South India. Ht 9 x L 9 x W 8 cm

Vintage pair of brass Vishnu oil lamps handcrafted by artisans from south india used in the Vishnu temples since centuries by worshippers belonging to Vaishnavism religion and followers of Lord Vishnu.

Inspired by the religion, the oil lamp is sculpted and engraved with the Vaishnavism symbol and traditional round shape with a protruding snout for the wick and flame when lit. The shallow cup of the Vishnu diya is to store oil for the wick.

The mark of Vishnu represented on the face of the lamp with three lines which is worn by followers on their foreheads called Sri -charanam where members of the Sri Vaishnava tradition form a tilak with two lines representing the feet of Narayana and a red line in the middle which represents Lakshmi devi.

The Surya and the moon symbol carved on the brass oil lamp indicates that this lamp also gives the light, the way Surya gives and Vishnu in his avatar as Rama takes the name of Rama Chandra signifying his relationship with moon god. 

The flames of fire surrounding the sides of the oil diya depict Vishnu as the embodiment of the ever burning, shining and gleaming cosmic fire. 

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.

Measures: Length 9 cm x Height 9 cm x Width 8 cm
Weight of 2 lamps: 500 grams

Note: Please note that the lamps are similar but not identical due to the handcrafted nature of the diyas . One has more of a shine and slight variations in size.