Astothiram - Peacock
A lamp does not speak but it introduces itself through its LIGHT. Light is the symbol of the absence of darkness, grief and sorrows and indicates inside knowledge illumination along with enlighten. Lighting of the holy lamp is the source of complete enlightenment. In every Hindu household it is customary to light the oil deepam ( lamp) twice, in the morning and in the evening. The light is trying to expel not just worldly darkness but our inner demons too. Why not light a bulb or tube light? That too would remove darkness.. But the traditional oil lamp has a further spiritual significance. The flame of a lamp always burns upwards. Similarly we should acquire such knowledge as to take us towards higher ideals.
An astothiram is a very household item to ancient South Indian homes, still has its whole world charm intact. Even in today's modern times no cultural festival is declared opened before lighting such lamps which are beholders of our rich culture. This amazingly carved Astothiram has total 108 wicks from bottom to top and peacock at the top. The artist has carved small peacocks on the all the lamps which adds to its beauty.
This amazing collectible has place in the big reception area, commercial premises, in restaurants. At home one can put it in lobby area at the entrance, corner of the living area, etc.