Clay lamps a must for the season


Photos By Photos K.K. SHAM

Signs of devotion: Some of the completed lamps.

CLAY lamps or agal villaku that are lit on the night of the Festival of Lights illuminate the homes and hearts giving new reason for success, prosperity and love. 

Master craftsman S. Kandasamy, 58, who can make 1,800 agal villakus from 8am to 6pm daily, explained that agal means within one’s hand while villaku means light. 

Finishing touches: A worker preparing topack the lamps.

“All Hindu homes must have the agal villaku as it is sacred and auspicious.  

“Prayers are offered with it as the baked earthen lamps remind us to be humble,” he explained. 

Other than lighting the lamps, buying jewelery and new clothes is a must, even something simple would do, as such a practice welcomes the goddess Lakshimi for prosperity.  

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