Diyas, perfect gift for the fest

T his Deepavali, light up your houses with Mughal style lamps and marble diyas from Rajasthan. Deepa Soundarya, the annual exhibition and sale of traditional lamps held during festival of lights has brought some exotic diyas, lamps and lanterns for this festive season.

The Mughal style lanterns and marble diyas are the new attraction at the exhibition this year, besides the regular showcase of terracotta and brass lamps from Bangalore, Chlorite Schist stone lamps of Mysore style, Brass Nachiyarkoil (brass Deepada Kambas and Deepada Mallis) from Tamil Nadu, white metal lamps - hatras, glass lamps, clay and brass diyas from Uttar Pradesh and Copper lamps with enamel work from Maharashtra. These lamps come with various designs and bright hues. Artistic colour works give a vibrant look for clay Diyas.

Prathima Art Gallery at Ramsons Kalaprathisthana of Mysore has come alive with rare pieces of lamps in Nachiyarkoil, the all time Favourites of traditional households. They are perfect gifts to adorn the altar at every home. The copper enamel lamps can add more style to interiors.

If the brass lamps from Aligharh comes with a beautiful designs, white metal diyas and glass lamps add a touch of modernity to the old world of oil lamps. The blue pottery and marble lamps and wrought iron lamps from Jodhpur can give a royal touch to the houses.
As the sacred custom of lighting the house unfolds for the Deepavali festival, the lamps hewn out of chlorite schist stone can light up every corner of inside or outside the house. These beautiful lamps could also serve as an apt gift to your loved ones wishing a new light of joy, prosperity, health and wealth and knowledge - conveying all felicitous wishes.

“A lamp is considered the dispeller of darkness and harbinger of happiness.  In the hinterland of India it is an ancient tradition to decorate diyas with colour patterns and ornaments.  

The lamps showcased in the expo come with shapes and sizes of pot, star, square, folded hands, parrot, peacock, ganesha etc,” Raghu Dharmendra, designer of Ramsons told City Herald. The central theme of this year’s Deepa Soundarya is drawn from the eighth shloka of Sri Sooktha Kshutpipaasamalaam jyeshthaam alakshmeem naashayaamyaham  Abhootim asamruddhim cha sarvaam nirnuda me gruhaat which gives the meaning that presence of jyestha Lakshmi, the elder sister of Lakshmi causes hunger, diseases, misery and sadness in house. When the lamps are lit to welcome the Goddess of prosperity Sridevi, she comes into house bringing joy, wealth and health - the basic concept of lighting the lamps at dusk in every home’s altar. “We have shown the shloka through a display of a giant Kamakshi diya with Lakshmi at centre entering a hut, while jyeshtha Lakshmi going out of the hut,” says Raghu. The expo will be open between 10 am and 7 pm till November 7.

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