As you know aranmula kannadi is very special and auspicious, which brings good luck & prosperity to the place where it kept, there are certain rules to place it in your home or business.
You can place aranmula kannadi anywhere where its clean and clutter free. you can place it in your drawing room, pooja room, bedroom, dining room but not in kitchen. But You should not place the aranmula kannadi facing the entrance of the bathroom / toilet.
many people are asking to which direction it should kept. Any direction is good, and east is ideal. Why this? because the mirror is reflecting light and gives positive energy. east is the direction where light comes ( as sun rises). so if your house / business have a facility to face it towards south, that is fine. and other directions are also fine.
We recommend the aranmula owners to properly clean and maintain your aranmula mirrors for the long life and brightness of your mirror. if you properly care, each aranmula mirror will last for centuries. we have a mirror with more than 240 years old with us. Aranmula mirrors will last for at-least 500 years or more without any problem. So we call aranmula mirrors as a precious gift for generations.
To maintain aranmula mirrors, we have to clean it properly in a regular interval. in some places it may be 3 months or in some other places we have to do in every month or so, it depends on the humidity, the chemical substance, presence of salt water ( beach side etc). but you can clearly see when you need to clean your aranmula mirror. as you know aranmula mirror is made up of brass and similar metal, an oxide layer along with the dust and other substances in your surroundings will be formed upon, and that results the reduction in its reflection both in frame as well as in mirror.
we recommend brass cleaning liquids to polish and maintain aranmula mirrors, in India, we usually recommend DARA ( there are many other name for this brand) and Brasso. Likewise in every country you can buy the best brass cleaning liquids to clean and polish your aranmula mirrors.
DARA is the most preferred liquid cleaner for brass / bell metals, and this is the one which we recommend for cleaning aranmula metal mirrors.
Aranmula Kannadi ( aranmula metal mirror) is very unique and precious craft. It’s very special authentic making process makes it costly too. Thus proper maintenance of aranmula kannadi is very important to keep it good for a long.
So we recommend the following tips to keep your aranmula kannadi in good shape and shining as new forever.
TIP: Always keep aranmula kannadi outside from the boxes. Never keep the aranmula kannadi in the jewel box or any other boxes. keep it outside, in good contact with the atmosphere.
TIP:Don’t touch in the mirror part or the frame with your fingers ( especially with sweat, oil, dirt etc). if you touch in the mirror part or frame, your fingerprint may be on the surface, if so, please get a cotton cloth and clean it up.
TIP:While exposed in to atmosphere, since it is pure brass an oxide layer may form on the mirror surface, that you can fix it by polishing with any brass metal polish liquid.
TIP:Don’t throw or drop it carelessly. even though it is metal mirror, the mirror part is very thin and excessive pressure or hit on it may cause damage / break.
TIP:Maintain your aranmula kannadi in a regular period of time. we recommend you to clean the dust once in every two or three weeks, and polish it in every 1-3 months. to keep it like new.
TIP:You can use any brass metal cleaning liquid to clean & polish the mirror. both the brass frame and the mirror part. but we recommend use a very little of the polish in mirror part and be careful while you polish. make sure that you are using a clean cotton cloth without any substance which makes scratches in the glass.
people normally ask – which is the most traditional model of aranmula kannadi ( aranmula metal mirror). the answer is – Valkannadi aka hand mirror.
valkannadis are the model of the aranmula mirror with a handle. in olden days the royal families were using aranmula kannadi for seeing their faces. the handle comes in various shapes – the round and flat. valkannadi ( hand mirror) models ara available from 1.5 inch in diameter inwards. it comes in oval & circular shape.
valkannadi is using as one of the auspicious items in the ashtamangalya set. and ashtamangalya set is using for wedding and during the vishukkani etc. the biggest valkannadi is in the size of 5 inches in diameter ( mirror part only). most of the hand mirrors comes with a hook on the backside, so that you can hang it in the wall as well.
If you give a closer look in to aanmula kannadi ( aranmula metal mirror) sealing you can see three variants, You can see they belongs to three categories, let’s see which all they and their details
This is the default sealing of aranmula kannadi. basically wax is using to fix the mirror part with the frame, so in the wax sealed mirror you can see the wax with red color in the frame.
In this a metal ring will be putting over the wax, in between the mirror and the frame. see the mirror you can see the metal ring in the photo.
This kind of sealing, you can see a stone ring, in the place of the metal ring. stones looks beautiful surrounding the peripheral of the mirror.
WHICH ONE IS THE BEST ?
There is nothing like that, its all depends on your taste and how personally you like the type. some people like wax, some others like metal ring, while some others like stone ring. that’s nothing but a cosmetic change, in essence the important part is the mirror only.
We are happy to announce that we started an account in instagram too. As we know instagram is an easiest way to share the latest updates in a very easy manner. we love instagram, and thus we are regular there as well.
We try our best to publish the latest photos of aranmula kannadi models, both the ones in production as well as the other ones and custom models, its history other information along with many untold stories through photographs.
thanks for your support and let’s stay beautiful together!
As you know Aranmula Kannadi ( Aranmula Metal Mirror) is not just a craft. It has got lot of history, relevance & significance related to it.
People usually ask us to make mirrors according to their requirements. like fancy shapes and models. for an example someone asked us to make a hexagon shape of mirror, and they are okay to afford the cost, whatever it is. we said sorry and a big NO to them, though they are a high profile customer.
they are asking because they don’t know much about aranmula kannadi. as we mentioned, it has got lot of glory and stories, we can’t make aranmula mirrors just like that. there are some strict rules and guidelines to make aranmula kannadi, then only its quality and characteristics would be there and the customer will get the benefits associated with the divinity of the mirror.
When we say the shape – it means the shape of the mirror part – not the design of its frame.
Aranmula mirrors comes in basic 3 shapes – and Nothing else.
1 – Circular shape
The circular shape comes with extensive meaning. It represents the notions of totality, wholeness, original perfection, the Self, the infinite, eternity, timelessness, all cyclic movement, God (‘God is a circle whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere’. So it means divinity, prosperity etc, people used to buy this to keep the positive vibe and prosperity in ones house & growth of their business.
2 – Oval Shape
The Oval shape represents rebirth, fertility, and even immortality. Including the oval diamond in your engagement ring is a beautiful way to begin a new life together. that’s why oval shaped mirrors are purchasing for giving gifts during weddings, housewarming etc, it means starting a life together build a family etc…
3 – Water Drop / Heart Shape
The drop shape / heart shape models signifies the love and togetherness, normally its gifted by couples during wedding, birthday, wedding anniversary etc. it’s a symbol of togetherness & love.
So when you ask us next time, please keep this in mind. and it is not the matter of cost, but the rituals, believes & it’s authenticity matters us.
A frequent question used to ask by people is “What is the metal or material used to make aranmula kannadi, and if you can make it with any other material?, Like wood or silver? “
Let’s answer the question one by one. Aranmula kannadi’s frame is made out of pure brass. and the mirror part of the aranmula kannadi is also metal. means a very special secret metal combination which is a closely guarded secret to a group of family members in the aranmula village in kerala. and this secret is also protected with GI patent tag.
Second, can we make aranmula kannadi with any other materials you suggest? answer is NO. if we are making anything like that, it can’t be called or attributed as aranmula kannadi. it would be something else. so we won’t make any changes to the authentic and traditional process of making aranmula kannadi, and we won’t do any other customization which alter the authenticity or tradition at any cost.
We make and sell ONLY traditional, authentic and original aranmula kannadi ( Aranmula metal mirror). Also we encourage people to buy authentic and traditional aranmula kannadis, since it comes with lot of special features and legacy. Lot of efforts and rituals are involved to make each and every aranmula kannadi, and that believed that aranmula kannadi can bring good luck and prosperity to where it keeps.
Aranmula Kannadi ( Aranmula Metal Mirror) is an auspicious craft, and it is the symbol of good luck , wealth & prosperity. Thus aranmula kannadi is a very essential item for any auspicious occasion including wedding. Let’s see how the aranmula kannadis can be used in a wedding function.
Aranmula Kannadi in ashtamangalya set – Aranmula kannadi is an essential item in the famous ashtamangalya set.
Aranmula Kannadi for seeing the face of bride – It is believed that looking at aranmula kannadi once the bride is all set after the make up will bring health wealth and abundance of blessings during the wedding ceremnony
Aranmula Kannadi along with the pooja items in the venue of wedding
Aranmula kannadi can be given along with the ‘Saree / Pudava ‘ giving to the bride from groom / grooms family
Aranmula Kannadi can be used to gift to the newly married couple, and it can be presented as a token of blessing and appreciation to your very high valued guests.
In wedding funcitons, the Hand mirror ( valkannadi) models are using. because those models are very traditional and ideal for wedding ceremony.
If you need any help or need to know more about it, feel free to reach us at aranmulamirror[at]gmail.com