Since Buddha attained enlightenment 2,500 years ago and dispelled the darkness of ignorance that obscures the mind's true nature, lamp offerings in Buddhist practices have symbolized his realization. Each lamp offering celebrates the Buddha's enlightenment and thus is associated with great good fortune. This copper butter lamp was made by in Nepal.
Traditionally the lamp is filled with oil or butter and a wick (or several wicks) and would be kept burning all day. For safety and convenience I use a tea light in my butter lamp. The metal of the lamp adds a soft glow to your altar.