Trimukha Deepams, or
three-wicked lights, are thought to bring offspring. During Shanti Homa
rituals, they are lit. The three wicks at the end of this brass lamp are
typical of aarti lamps. It has an elaborate handle with a depiction of a coiled
vine on it, which was inspired by the decoration on the legendary Salabhanjikas
of Hoysala temples. Apart from these identifications, the major feature of the
lamp is the image of a Naga at the intersection of the handle and the light.
The Naga image bestows children and spiritual benefits on the light. The two
birds accompanying Naga's picture further cement the theme of expansion and
fertility, as parrots are Kama Deva's heavenly vehicle.
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