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Nilavilakku - Traditional Kerala Oil Lamp

Nilavilakku - Traditional Kerala Oil Lamp

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The Nilavilakku, a traditional oil lamp, holds a revered place in Kerala's cultural and spiritual practices. This standing lamp is commonly seen in homes, temples, and during auspicious occasions. Lighting the Nilavilakku marks the beginning of rituals and ceremonies, symbolizing the dispelling of darkness and the welcoming of light and knowledge.

This vintage lamp is intricately designed, made of bronze, with a wide base and a tall stem leading to the bowl where the wick is placed. It is traditionally fueled by oil, usually sesame or coconut oil, and a cotton wick. This lamp can be separated into two parts, featuring a distinctive twist-to-lock mechanism. The lighting of the Nilavilakku is a ritual in itself, often accompanied by prayers or mantras.

In Kerala, the Nilavilakku is more than just a source of light; it represents purity, divinity, and prosperity. It is a central element in various festivals, particularly in the Hindu community, where it is believed to bring good fortune and ward off evil. The glow of the Nilavilakku is a common sight during festivals like Onam and Vishu, as well as in the daily worship rituals in many Kerala households.

The significance of the Nilavilakku extends beyond religious practices, embodying the cultural ethos and heritage of Kerala, symbolizing a bridge between tradition and the modern world.

Please note that vintage pieces come with small imperfections, that’s a part of its beauty and age.

Size: 4.25”L X 4.25”W X 12”H
Weight: 1220 gm


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