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Thoondamani Vilakku Hanging Oil Lamp

Thoondamani Vilakku Hanging Oil Lamp

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Unveil the enchanting 'Thoondamani Vilakku,' a vintage perpetual lamp originating from Tamil Nadu, South India. Also known as 'Keda Vilakku' in Malayalam, this hanging votive lamp boasts a unique design featuring a peacock at the top, a seven-wick arrangement in the middle, and a grand ball-shaped reservoir originally designed for pouring ghee. This exquisite piece holds profound historical significance, tracing its roots back to the Sangam period in South Indian history.

Intriguingly named after the Tamil concept of "Thoonda," signifying not touching, the 'Thoondamani Vilakku' operates seamlessly through capillary action. It effortlessly supplies oil or ghee from the reservoir to burn continuously, eliminating the hassle of adjusting the wick. This distinctive feature adds character to the lamp and contributes to its unique nomenclature.

Discover the elegance of the 'Thoondamani Vilakku,' a votive hanging lamp frequently found in Hindu temples. Beyond its aesthetic appeal, this lamp embodies votive offerings—a testament to voluntary dedications, vows, prayers, and promises made by individuals or communities to the gods. As prayers are answered, the fulfillment of these pledges becomes a heartfelt gesture of gratitude. Elevate your space with this timeless piece that not only illuminates but also carries a rich cultural and historical narrative.

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

Size: 4.5”L x 4.5”W x 9.5”H

With chain 27”H

Weight: 750 gm


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