Many people wanted to buy aranmula kannadi and send it outside india, most of the purchase enquiries are coming from United States, Europian countries and middle east. So here is the guide line on how you can purchase aranmula kannadi from outside india.
We are providing free shipping within india, but outside india, the shipping charge is huge and almost equal to the cost of the mirror ( most of the times), so before purchasing please send us a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org about your required model, we will calculate the weight while packing. then you can verify the shipping charges by checking FedEx, DHL or any international shipping companies website by giving the source as TRIVANDRUM kerala, or KOCHI kerala and destination as your address. then you can get an idea on how much you have to pay extra in addition to the price of the mirror.
Ordering Aranmula Kannadi is now easy, either you can place an order online via e-commerce website, call or e-mail to book your kannadi. or the people who lives nearby can visit aranmula and buy.
Most of the customers prefer it to buy online. by doing so, you have to make sure that the particular model which you are ordering is readily available in stock. A better way is to send an e-mail or call and confirm the availability.
The normal procedure is, when a customer ordering a mirror, the artisans are making a mirror for them. means each and every mirror is custom made and making on demand of the customer. But that is a time consuming process, thus we usually make the most moving models ( like valkannadi, and peacock mirror, Shankh mirror etc) and keep in stock.
Also, time to deliver the mirror is very important. any fastest courier may take at least 2 to 3 business days to deliver the mirror. so the people who wanted to get the aranmula kannadi in an overnight may not be able to buy it.
The best practices are –
Find and finalize the model of the aranmula kanandi you like to buy
send a mail / call us to make sure the availability of the mirror
plan at least one week ahead of the date which you want to get the mirror ( because the last minute rush may cause things go wrong either from your side, our side or the courier companies side may delay your delivery)
Send your complete information like postal address with pincode and a local mobile number, so that the courier company can reach you in case if they having any difficulty to locate you.
patience is very important. once we dispatch the mirror and till it reaches you, things are not in hand of yours or us. most of our shipping partners ( India post – the most reliable shipping method, which they offer speed post with tracking, delivery confirmation via SMS, and most importantly they will deliver to any location where a PIN CODE is available – but courier companies won’t do this). So please track the consignment by yourself till delivery rather than calling us each and every hour.
Payment needs to be done in advance, once you made the complete payment then only we can start making your mirror or dispatching it.
don’t negotiate much – as you now the aranmula kannadi is 100% handmade and not made in machines. so each mirror comes with its own effort and cost. shameless negotiations are not healthy and we won’t entertain such customers, and we won’t give any priority for them either in order taking or processing.
we can understand your concern about the damage while shipping, in our experience over 15+ years of online delivery, less than 1% of the consignment caused the damage. so the probability to damage the consignment is almost NIL
Same day shipping may not be possible – once you transfer the money we may not be able to ship on the same day because we have a shipping schedule every day 11.30 PM. so if thats over we can ship the mirror on the next day.
We think we pretty much covered it. still if you have any questions, please feel free to reach us at email@example.com
Many people are buying aranmula kannadi from various places, and used to call and ask us how to check the authenticity of the mirror. whether they are original aranmula kannadi?
There are many ways to verify it, and the simplest among them is – you should keep your fingertip on the surface of the metal mirror, if you don’t see a gap between your fingertip and the reflective image that means you have an original in hand. In a regular mirror used all around us, the gap is quite evident.
We still suggest not to buy aranmula kannadi from unconfirmed dealers or places. From this year onwards, every aranmula kannadi comes with a hologram sticker of the Vishwakarma Nirmaan society to confirm its authenticity. But you can’t see the hologram in the older mirrors you bought before 2016.
if you have any questions about the authenticity of the aranmula mirrors, please reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Many people buy Aranmula kannadi for gifting purpose. one among them are the marriages. So lot of questions used to ask to us, about which model of aranmula kannadi is best for gifting for marriages?
Here is the answer – Any model will suit for that. aranmula kannadi comes in three categories- Hand mirrors( valkannadi), backstand mirrors, fixed stand mirrors. each of them are different from others in size, weight and artistic works, and the price.
So any aranmula kannadi you can gift for marriages, that too depends on your budget considerations.
Remember, if you want to purchase aranmula kannadi, please do not wait for the very last moment. please place the order at least one week in advance.
Aranmula mirrors are handmade metal-alloy mirrors, made in Aranmula, a village in the state of Kerala, India. Unlike the normal ‘silvered’ glass mirrors, being a metal-alloy mirror, it is a front surface reflection mirror, which eliminates secondary reflections and aberrations typical of back surface mirrors.The myth about the origin and secret of its composition makes it a truly fascinating craft. As traditional as the mirror-making technology is, the artisans’ belief that the composition of the metal mirror is divine and some undisclosed metals alloyed with silver, bronze, copper and tin are responsible for the distortion-free images.
Aranmula, the famed mirror-making centre in Kerala has enormous tourist potential, which the State government could tap, said Prabhakar Dubey, Director in the Union Ministry of Tourism. The Centre was ready to support tourism infrastructure development in Aranmula, if the State Government submitted a detailed project report.
Dr Dubey was talking to reporters during a visit to Aranmula on Wednesday. The well-known town, he said, had immense tourism potential. Visiting a workshop making the Aranmula Kannadi (metal mirror) on the banks of the river Pampa, he said the metal mirrors would be one of the two artefacts from Kerala to be exhibited at the World Tourism Fair at Los Angeles in September.
This is a unique recognition for the world famous aranmula kannadi. Because it can’t be compare with any other artefacts since each of aranmula kannadis are very unique and different from each other, all of them are 100% hand crafted thus custom made.
As you know – Aranmula kannadi is the symbol for good luck and prosperity, and for that reason, it has got a very prominent place in vishukkani. Aranmula kannadi is very important for preparing the vishukkani, along with other things like Gold coin, Fruits, vegitables, rice, Kasavu Mundu & sreekrishna statue
Which model of aranmula kannadi is best for preparing vishu kani? traditionally Valkannadis are using for this purpose, and among them two models are very important
But any aranmula kannadi model can be used for the same purpose, since all of them are represent the same concept – Good luck & prosperity. Traditional aranmula kannadi is made with ultimate dedication, purity and all the essence of traditional rituals.
If you have any questions about the aranmula kannadi, please feel free to mail us at email@example.com
This is the typical write up of the aranmula kanandi.
Aranmula kannadi is a handmade metal-alloy mirror, made in Aranmula, a village in the state of Kerala, India. Unlike the normal ‘silvered’ glass mirrors, being a metal-alloy mirror, it is a front surface reflection mirror, which eliminates secondary reflections, refractions and aberrations typical of back surface mirrors. The exact metals used in the alloy is maintained as a family secret. An Aranmula mirror takes many days to make, and then is polished laboriously by hand for several days to achieve its reflective surface. Aranmula Mirror considered one among the eight auspicious items or “Ashtamangalyam” that make up a Kerala bride’s trousseau.
These unique metal mirrors are the result of Kerala’s rich cultural and metallurgical traditions, and have great historical and cultural value and are even considered to bring good luck. Produced by a single extended family in Aranmula, the origins of the Aranmula kannadi are linked with the Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple. Legend has it that eight families of experts in temple arts and crafts were brought by the royal chief to Aranmula from Tirunelveli district to work in the Parthasarathy temple centuries ago on the mirrors.
The British Museum in London has a 45 centimeter tall Aranmula metal mirror in its collection. The mirrors have received a Geographical Indication (GI) tag in 2004-05.
An Aranmula Mirror is auspicious and is the pride and prestige of Kerala. You can place the Aranmula Mirror in your Worship room or Hall showcase. If you are placing it where there may be smoke, like the Pooja room, then please enclose in plastic or glass to ensure reflection of the mirror.
Please allow 2 weeks to make the Mirror of your specifications, in case it is not readily available. Aranmula Mirror is packed in a hard colour box which itself looks gift wrapped.
All Aranmula Mirrors come with a small cloth pouch with Red Oxide powder. If you touch the mirror with your finger, or it comes in contact with heat, dust or moisture, use the cloth pouch to rub the mirror surface in vertical direction, till is regains shine.