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.
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.
We are happy to announce a number of new Aranmula Kannadi models related to the Onam season.
AMS2023 – Shanq Kannadi ( Shanq mirror )
This aranmula kannadi is a very beautiful one in the shape of the shanq. This is having an oval shaped mirror with lots of artistic works in its frame. and this is a back stand mirror. Click Here to see more details
AMS3018 – Sowbhagya Kannadi (Sowbhagya Mirror )
This kannadi is a beautiful fixed stand mirror with 4 inch round glass. its known as sowbhagya kannadi. Click Here to see the kannadi