History Of Oil Lamps :
4500 to 3300 BC was when the earliest known oil lamp was discovered. Traditionally oil lamps are lit either at dawn or twice a day ( dawn and dusk ), similarly all auspicious functions also commence with the lighting of the lamp, maintained until the very end. Houses across the globe still light lamps as a daily ritual, their belief that lighting lamps removes darkness and instead brings about knowledge, prosperity and in literal and metaphorical sense light still persists. Families have faith in oil lamps just as much as they have faith in their culture and religion, making the lighting of a lamp much more than what meets the eye. At the end of the day all the world is made of is faith and dust.
The story of the existence of oil lamps is traced back to the Vedic period. During the Vedic period some form of fire was essential, this fire was then carried while people migrated to new locations. During this period, lamps were made out of stone or seashells and the shape was predominantly circular. Later stone was replaced with earthenware and metal lamps. In the epics Mahabharata and Ramayana there are mentions of lamps crafted from gold and silver as well. The simple circular shape with time started to evolve into birds, peacocks, parrots, incarnations of Vishnu and various other Gods. In western and southern Indian temples, lighting a deepastambha in front of the temple is momentarily seen. These diyas / oil lamps are crafted from brass.
Our journey with brass oil lamps started not so long ago, our mission although was very clear – To highlight traditional Indian lifestyles and history while doing so in a sustainable and earth-friendly way. Since learning about the adverse impact of Industrialist ways of creation and the damage it causes to the environment and our health, we strongly believed that we needed to change this course of our behaviour. Since then, we have adhered to the practise of crafting everything from sustainable metals. Our oil lamps in particular are crafted from metals such as brass, others include punchloha ( a mixture of 5 metals) etc. This practice is seen through till date because of two very significant factors : Oil lamps made from brass have historic significance which allows us to follow the path of ancient Indian wisdom ( 16 th century Persian miniatures ), and because it provides us with the opportunity to craft each detail by hand, without using chemicals and / or environmental pollutants.