ISLAMABAD - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a surprise gift to Chinese President Xi Jinping during his informal visit to India today.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi gifted Nachiarkoil, a six-feet Annam lamp richly coated with gold and a three-feet high Thanjavur painting of dancing Saraswathi to Chinese President Xi Jinping at the second informal summit between the two leaders in Tamil Nadu's Mahabalipuram on Friday.
The lamp, exclusively made in Tamil Nadu's Nachiarkoil town by a local community called Pathers, has a round base decorated with beautiful patterns. It has a slender and intricately-designed ornamental stem with branches taking off at three levels.
At the top of the stem is a bowl of five spouts for wicks to light the lamp. Above the lamp is the 'Annam', a celestial bird that is reputed to be able to separate milk from water and figuratively good from the bad.
The lamp is made up of bronze and is resplendently gold-coated, the lampstands are six-feet-tall, weighs 108 kilograms and took 12 days to be completed. At the top of the stem is a bowl with five spouts for wicks to light the lamp. The branches extend to hold 24 bowls with 120 spouts for placing wicks.