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    Chamaya Vilakku

Chamaya Vilakku/Vanchi vilakku/Boat lamp

Product Code: MYSHPMCFT55

The vanchi vilakku or ‘boat lamp’ derives its name from its boat-like drip basin. As is customary, this vilakku has five holders in which oil-soaked cloth or cotton wicks were set aflame. The drip basin is supported on a trident-shaped metal frame mounted on a tapered wooden stem that terminates on a rounded base. Such flame-lamps are reserved for use during temple processions. During the annual festival of the Kottan Kullangara Devi Temple near Chavara in Kollam, for example, thousands of men dressed in traditional female attire walk in procession.to the temple carrying lit vanchi vilakku. The cross-dressing is a ritual offering intended to please the presiding goddess and win her intercession in matters related to the devotee’s career, health, and marriage as well as to secure the well being of the family. The vanchi vilakku is also an important element in the annual festival at the Thiruvarppu temple at Kottayam. During the festival, girls under the age of ten dress themselves as Lord Krishna, the resident deity, and ritually offer lamps to the deity during the morning and evening.

  • Width: 11 inch
  • Height: 5 inch
  • Weight: 1.250kg
  • Category: Traditional Bronze Oil Lamp/ Bronze Utensil
  • Design: Traditional design
  • Material:  Brass
  • Colour: Golden  
  • Status: New
  • Delivery Time: 3 to 10 days 
  • Shipping: Free of Cost (All over India)

(3-10 days needed for completing the product. If the product is already in the stock, we will dispatch it as soon as possible)

How to Prevent Tarnish? 
If you want to prevent tarnish, keep your bronze item stored or displayed in an area with low humidity and protected from dust and other corrosives. Avoid handling the item with bare hands, and don’t let the bronze piece come into contact with paint or fabrics. If you are storing the item, wrap it in plastic or put it in a plastic bag — the more airtight the better. Bronze can be varnished or lacquered. Once thoroughly cleaned and lacquered, they will stay bright and tarnish-free. We have undertaken all types of brass artifacts for lacquer polishing with respective orders. If you use lacquer polish you prevent it from places like coastal areas, high humidity, high air pollution, frequently touching areas and also don't fire oil lamps for lighting or cookware for cooking. Lacquer coated artifacts are commonly used for decoration. So artifacts that have regular users are not fit for lacquer coating.

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