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    kamakshi vilaku or gajalakshmi vilaku

    hi all i just needed an answer to a question which is long due in my heart. can anyone help !

    Question: As you all know in hindus most of us will light a lamp (vilaku) with a gajalakshmi statue, where laksmi is decorated with elephants in front and also in back. but most of the people calling this as "kamakshi villaku" why the name is called so. is the villaku name is kamatchi vilaku or gaja lakshmi vilaku
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    Actually the name of the lamp is "Kamatchi vilakku" only. Nowadays even the stature of devi kamakshi is also there in some lamps. But the actual meaning is not that. Devi kamakshi resides in the lamp in the form of the "light" that comes from the lamp. We consider devi kamakshi as the main source of shakti and from herself only all the other devathas gets their energy. Even today the shrine of devi kamakshi will be closed very late and opened early (considering all the powers of other deities will comes into devi kamakshi and gets energised and released by the next morning).

    Thinking all these things, our elders called the lamp which destroys our agnana as "Devi Kamakshi Lamp". As a sign of wealth and prosperity devi gajalakshmi statue occupies a place there.

    But that is also OK. Because, in the shrine of Devi kamakshi lakshmi resides as arupa lakshmi. She offers wealth and prosperity to devotees of devi kamakshi who offers the "prasadha kumkum of devi kamakshi" to her.Similarly in our house also Lakshmi resides in the lamp. Ladies will offer first kumkum near the lamp considering as devi kamakshi and then with the same hand, apply it to the lakshmi above the lamp.

    Hope you are clear now.

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    (Abirami Andhadhi)
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    Thanks Durgasasan Ji. Really long pending is cleared now. Let lord kamakshi in the form of deepa lakshmi bless the each our house and the whole world with peace and prosperity.
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