The most famous Bronze Craft in India is the ancient statue of Nataraja (Lord Siva in dancing posture). In Kerala Bronze Bell Metal is popularly known as Odu and is used for making small and big vessels, statues, lamps etc. Kerala has its own traditional Lamp or Villaku as they call it in Kerala. Vilakus come ina variety of designs and sizes. Some are small, some are tall, and some have huge wicks in different sizes. These lamps are also popularly called as Nilavilakku (Standing upright on the floor), Thookkuvilakku (hanging from the ceiling), Kuthuvillaku (These lamps have brass ‘upside J’ shaped stick for support. The longer leg is attached to the ground and Lamp is hung from the other end.) etc are widely used in each and every house in Kerala. These Villakus have very high traditional value and is used for every occasion and festival in India. In kerala, lighting a Nilavillaku at the start of a function is considered as a symbol of removing the darkness and embracing the light of good luck and wisdom.
Kerala Bell Metal Ware is also used for other pooja articles like the kindi (water container of a particular shape with a sprouting nozzle), uruli (wide shallow cooking vessel), varpu, Thattu (plates), etc. Thazhikakudam is another Kerala Bell Metal Craft which has high traditional and devotional value used in most temples. Such is the marvel of ancient architecture that actually a Thazhikakudam which is used for aesthetic purpose to enhance the elevation of a temple, also acts as lightning arrester. One can find these temple bells and other Kerala Bell Metal products online on rareitis. The traditional Malayalee’s kitchen was once almost fully occupied with odu ware or Bell Metalware utensils which are now replaced by stainless steel, aluminium, ceramic and glass ware. A variety of Bronze (Vellodu) is often used for making the Uruli and it has more alloy content of lead. The places in Kerala which are traditionally into making of Bell Metal Crafts are Payyannur and Kunhimangalam in Kannur, Irinjalakuda in Thrissur, Pallippuram in Palakkad, Aranmula and Mannar in Alappuzha district. Patrons of this Bell Metal Handicraft from Northern parts of India fondly call them brass diyas and are found often looking for these brass diyas online. We provide free shipping and COD across India. For our overseas customers, we charge very reasonable shipping charges.