Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Shiva Lingam Decorations

Shiva Lingam


General worship of Shiva is quite diverse and can range from worshipping an anthropomorphic murti (Such as the famous Tamil Nataraja statues from the ancient Chola Kingdom), a Lingam (one of Shiva's main symbols), a deified landmark (such as the Ganges or Mount Kailash) or not worshipping a symbol at all (as in the case of the Lingayats).

Since Shiva is said to wear Nageshwara (Snake God) as an ornament around his neck, it is said that the fragrance of Aloe (which attracts snakes) is also a very holy item to be used for the worship of Shiva.

The lingam is venerated with offerings of milk, water, fresh flowers, young sprouts of grass, fruit, leaves, and sun-dried rice.

Accessories for Lord Siva - Decorations


Beautiful snake coil around the Shiv Lingam. These nagabranam are either gold or silver or plated.


Vibuthi Pattai / Tripundra Tilak 

Sivan Pattai



Thiruvachi prabhavali



Rudraksham Mala Necklace

rudraksha jewelleryRudraksha Malai

Soolam / Trishul

Trishul Soolam

Garlands for Shiva Lingam Decorations

Large garlands for Lingam DecorationsGarlands for decorations

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Types of Villakku Diya Lamps of India

Lamps of the South
( Villakku Diya )

Nilavilakku -

Nilam in the Malayalam/Tamil language means floor or the ground and vilakku means lamp. Lighting the Nilavilakku on any occasion is believed to be auspicious. Nilavilakku plays an important role in the presentation of various art forms. The art forms are performed after lighting the lamp. In Kerala, many functions are inaugurated by lighting Nilavilakku. 

Paavai villaku

Pavai Lamp

Paava Vilakku or a standing lady holding a lamp in brass is a traditional symbol that welcomes every guest in a typical South Indian household. Brass lamps of Paavai vilakku is popular for home , weddings and festival decorations.

There are large stone versions of this lamp in Hindu temples. In shrines of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala these large pavai (lady) sculptures can be seen at the enterence of the temples. They have only one wick. The pavai is looks to be from a noble family with jewellery and costumes.

Ashtalakshmi Vilakku  

 Ashtalakshmi Lamp

Ashtalakshmi Vilakku depicts 8 forms of Lakshmi crafted meticulously on the lamp. Adi Lakshmi, Dhanya Lakshmi, Dhairya Lakshmi, Gaja Lakshmi, Santana Lakshmi, Vijaya Lakshmi, Vidya Lakshmi, Dhana Lakshmi are the eight forms of Lakshmi.
Ashtalakshmi Vilakku is a beautiful lamp used for welcoming brides symbolically depicting that they have all the 8 qualities of Lakshmi within them. Meaning prosperity, good health, knowledge, strength, progeny, and power.

Kuthu villaku 


Kuthu means stand erect in Tamil. Kuthu vilakku has been in use from the days of the Cholas. The five nozzles are also said to denote the five main elements needed for a successful life — health, wealth, learning, courage and longevity.

Yanai vilakku/ Gaja Vilakku 

Indian Elephant Lamp
Yanai means Elephant. It is believed that Presenting elephant shaped lamps(Yanai vilakku) to their daughters for their prosperity and well being is a custom in South India. 

Thoondamani Vilakku   

Thoondamani Brass Lamp

Lamp which burns continuously without the necessity of adjusting the wick or pouring oil often. The lamp has a large ball shaped oil container on the top. The Capillary action auto feds oil for the lamp to burn. Thoondamani is popular in temples and places of worship.

Kamakshi Villaku

Kamakshi Lamp

Hindus believe that Goddess Kamakshi  has  all Goddess of Hindu religion contained within her. Worshiping her equals to praying to all Goddess. The Goddess Kamakshi in the form of light illuminates the knowledge in us and drives out the ignorance. 

Thooku vilakku / Sangili Thongu vilakku


Thooku means  - to lift. This brass lamp is made to hang with chains. The head of the diya is either Annam or simple spear.  Shanku or Chakara  head Thuku Villaku are also popular.

Nachiarkoil lamp / Annam lamp 

The Nachiarkoil lamp, also called Annam lamp or Nachiarkoil Kuthuvilakku, is an ornamental brass lamp made of series of diyas, a handicraft product which is exclusively made by Pather (Kammalar) community in Nachiyar Koil town in Tamil Nadu, India.

The lamp, which is hollow cast, is made in different sizes and consists of four parts which are screwed together. The central pillar that crowns at the apex is called the "Prabhai"; it is generally in the form of a Hamsa or Annam. Anna pakshi is a mystic swan like bird mentioned in literature.
The bowl of these lamps has five V-shaped spouts which hold cotton wicks, and is filled with oil for lighting. The ornamental lamps are widely used in temples in South India

Deepalakshmi Lamp

Lakshmi lamp

      Deepalakshmi is a brass lamp with a depiction of goddess Sri Lakshmi over the back piece, they are usually small - sized and have only one wick.

Malabar Villaku / Lamp

Malabar diya is a traditional oil lamp (nila vizhakku) from the Malabar region of Kerala. Probably used by a temple for daily rituals, this large lamp displays a beautiful “ribbed” pattern that is typical to metal lamps from this region of Kerala .

Malabar Diya

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 Other types of Lamps from India

Odhima Nandha Vilakku

Nandha Vilakku

Thattu Vilakku

Navagraha Villaku

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Ganesha Decorations / Vinayagar Alangaram

Lord Ganesh Decorations / Vinayagar Alangaram

Lord Ganesha is also known as Ganapati, Vinayaka, Pillaiyar and Binayak, is one of the best-known and most worshiped deities in South Asia.People seeking happiness, peace and prosperity in life should consider placing an idol of a Ganesha at home.

Ganesh is widely revered as the remover of obstacles, the patron of arts and sciences and the deva of intellect and wisdom. As the god of beginnings, he is honored at the start of rites and ceremonies.

One popular way is to place an idol of Lord Ganesha just opposite to the main entrance of your home. It is believed that this Drishti Ganesha will ward off all the evil from entering your home and bring prosperity. When you place Lord Ganesha this way, he will be the guardian of your home.

Having a Ganesh idol at home or office space ensures a harmonious environment and helps keep negative energies away.

Decorations for Ganesh Murthi

Crown : 'Mukut' or the crown is an integral part of Lord Ganapathi. It can be in different colours and stones.  It represents power, legitimacy, victory, honour, resurrection and glory.
Dhoti : Dhoti in cotton or silk or Poly Silk fabric for the Murthi is ideal. Simple hand-woven cotton Vesti is used in many Pillyar idols. These can be washed an reused. You can also cut your silk dupatta or saree to make a dhoti. Alternatively, you can procure readymade dhoti from the market; these are ready-to-wear and available in many vibrant colours.

Jewellery : Lord Ganesh often wears pearls and serpents as ornaments. Haram (Long necklace) upto is belly can be seen in many idols. Bells on his feet reveal that he is a dancer.

Flowers : Choose various flowers of different shades and arrange them in beautiful patterns. Or if you want to re-use go for cloth flowers or Vagamala

Fruits : Keep a coconut and a small bowl of grains alongside the Vinayak idol.
Sweets : It is believed that Lord Ganesha was a fan of ladoos and modak—a sweet dumpling filled with jaggery and coconut made from rice or wheat flour.

Weapons of Lord Ganesha  

 #1 Conch Shell:
Ganesha typically holds a conch shell. Conch shell symbolizes victories. Conch shells symbolize victory and fulfillment. Thus, Lord Ganesha holding a conch shell in his hand represents nothing else but the fact that God blesses his devotees with victory and fulfillment in all the wars.

#2 Lotus Flower:
Lotus represents enlightenment. Ganesha can bless you with enlightenment, if you so desire. Weapon (usually an axe or a lasso) symbolizes removal of your obstacles or delivery of justice.
Like a lotus exists in water without touching it, in the same way, we should live a life without letting the world or the outer environment changing us- then only is it possible to remain in constant touch with our inner consciousness and eventually achieve spiritual happiness

#3 The Axe or The Sword:
This weapon symbolizes how we should not fear any obstacles and cut away all the difficulties that arise in our lives.

#4 Whip:
The whip conveys that worldly attachments and desires should be rid of.

#5 Noose (pash) / lasso
The noose signifies that Ganesha has the ability to captivate and annihilate the negative forces. The pasha (noose) symbolises the rope of spiritual wisdom, the force that will remove us from the material world and its attachments. The rope ties down the wild elephant-like mind which runs from here to there. It controls and tames it.

#6 Goad (ankush)
It signifies that Ganesha is the destroyer raja (destructive) forces. He guides our way towards attainment of bliss and knowledge.

#7 Abhaya Mudra:
The Abhaya mudra is a representation of the Lord’s care, protection and blessings over his mortal devotees and worshippers. This, in turn, means that the Lord welcomes all to approach him conveying to them that he is not there to punish,judge or harm them in any way.

The fourth hand of Lord Ganesha is usually empty and it is seen in an uplifted raised blessing position which is specifically called the “Abhaya Mudra”.