How-To: Create The Rice Flour Lamp Mavilakku

The rice flour lamp better known as Mavilakku is a sweet lamp made for Hindu rituals.

The Maavilakku is made out of grounded white rice, honey, butter and elaichi which is mixed together and then moulded into a lamp. In the centre of the lamp, a cotton wool wick soaked in ghee is placed and lit.

Origins of the the Maavilakku

This unique lamp was said to be offered to the divine Mother Mariamman by Lord Vishnu to pacify her anger towards the sins or transgressions of mankind, as She wanted to infest the earth with pearls of smallpox (Muthu Mari).

The Rice Flour Lamp was one of the last things to be done on the prayer day. If you want to make it early in the day- it can  be kept in the refrigerator. I have used Honey to make the rice lamp in this recipe, similarly if you use condensed milk, the color of the lamp will differ from the one pictured in this recipe.  I have used 1 cup Rice flour to yield a  small lamp. If you would like a larger rice flour Lamp then increase all ingredients proportionately.

To make Rice Flour Lamp you will need:

  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1 tablespoon Ghee
  • 2 tablespoons honey or condensed milk
  •  ½ teaspoon cardamom powder
  • ¼ cup rice flour for dusting
  • Additional Ghee for lighting the lamp
  • Cotton wool wick

What you need to do

1. Start by sifting the  cup rice flour. Add cardamom powder. Mix.
2. Add the Ghee.
3. Mix to form fine crumbs.
4. Add the honey/ condensed milk. Mix well, until soft pliable dough is formed.  If the dough gets too soft -dust with rice flour.


  1. Purtassi: How to create the Mavilakku click here
  2. How to apply a Namam click here
  3. How to tie a settu mundu click here
  4. The Divine Mother click here
  5. Download the Marieamman Thalaatu click here
  6.  Sadhana TIP: Gengai Amman explained click here

Now create your rice lamp

1. Shape the dough into a ball then place on to the plate you wish to place the lamp.
2. Use a teaspoon to shape the lamp. (If you are making a larger sized lamp-use a tablespoon). Simply press a teaspoon on the top of the ball to make an indent in the lamp. This indent will hold the oil/melted ghee for the lamp. You can store this in the fridge until it is ready for use.
3. Remove the lamp from refrigerator just before you intend lighting it.
4.Fill this indent with ghee/oil.
5. Place a cotton wool wick in the indent now you are ready to light the lamp.

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