While Deepavali is the festival of lights, Karthigai can be rightly called the festival of lamps. Normally “agal vilakkus” made of clay are lit throughout the house to celebrate Karthigai.
“Agal vilakkus” made of clay have started arriving at Thanjavur, particularly in Keelavasal marke, and Senthmaraiselvi, from potters street, said potters of the area have a row of shops in Keelavasal.
“We sell one agal vilakku made of clay for one rupee,” said Senthamaraiselvi. Small ghee lamps, Panchamukha (five wicks) agal vilakkus and small vilakkus made of china clay are also available.
Some women’s self help groups in the district are also producing Agal vilakkus. Such groups are functioning at Thekkur near Orathanadu and in some villages around Kumbakonam.
Changing with the times, agal vilakkus made of terracotta are also available for sale at Poompuhar showroom.