Thursday, December 09, 2010

Lamp Niches, Brahmin House

These niches, located throughout the Brahmin house (originally from Ambur, in Tirunelveli district in the south of Tamil Nadu), once housed lamps. The small clay lamps with either ghee or oil were lit in the morning and evening for ritual purposes. Such lamps (or diya) symbolizes knowledge and removes darkness, which represents ignorance.

1 comment:

Bibi said...

I remember these little ghee candles.....soft and beautiful.