Maa Vilakku (lamp made with rice flour and ghee) is one of the most important festive thing among Tamilians. I love the taste of this Maavilakku, which is sweet and delicious. Actually people prepare to convey their prayer to god. They prepare this Maa Vilakku, fill it with ghee/clarified butter and lit lamp with cotton wig and do their prayers.
Even I have did this 6 months back, as my mom had an offering to do this Maa Vilakku prayer for me as I had gall stones, inorder to rectify it. After the surgery, she prepared this Maa Vilakku, took me with her to the amman temple, I was made to lie down on the temple and she kept this vilakku on my stomach and offered her prayers :P.
This Maa Vilakku is one of the most important thing in this Puratasi month, as people go on pilgrimage to Thirupathi and lit this Vilakku and do their prayers. But everyone canâ€™t go or travel there, so those who are not able to travel there lit this Vilakku (lamps) and do their prayers. It is believed that as this Vilakku (lamp) is lit all the sorrows would go off and the Lord rectifies all the problems in our life. Let us move on to the recipeâ€¦
This Maa Vilakku stays fresh for almost a week time in room temperature. You could also prepare this lamp with milk and water instead of ghee/clarified butter, but it stays fresh only for few days and later it should be refrigerated.