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Aranmula Mirror – The mysterious and miraculous mirror from Kerala

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Aranmula Kannadi is a completely handmade metal-alloy mirror. These unique metal mirrors, GI tagged product is a result of Kerala’s rich cultural and metallurgical traditions, and have great historical and cultural value and are even considered to bring good luck and prosperity to your home. Unlike the normal “silvered” glass mirrors, it is a metal-alloy mirror or first surface mirror or front surface reflection mirror, which eliminates secondary reflections and aberrations typical of back surface mirrors.

The original Aranmula Metal Mirror, a unique art made by the traditional craftsmen of Aranmula (Kerala) with bell- metal is linked to the famous Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple. They are produced by one extended family in Aranmula. The mirror is made from a copper-tin alloy with trace elements. To this day, the composition remains a closely guarded secret, passed from one generation to the next. An Aranmula mirror takes many days to make, and then is polished laboriously by hand for several days to achieve its reflective surface.

Along with every Aranmula Mirror purchased from us, get Shesha Ayurveda best sellers – Nalpamaradi Thailam 50 ml, Yellow Manjal Face Pack 50g & Pure Rose Water 100ml in a beautiful Kerala traditional gift box absolutely FREE

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Aranmula Kannadi – The mysterious miraculous mirror from Kerala

Aranmula Kannadi, meaning the Aranmula mirror, is a handmade metal-alloy mirror, made in Aranmula, a small town in Pathanamthitta, Kerala, India. This little village of Aranmula is  one place  which lives up to the hype of  Kerala tourism’s  sales pitch of  ‘God’s  Own  Country’. Located on the banks of the languid river pamba, Aranmula comes alive in a frenzy of spectacular snake-boat races and water carnivals during Onam religious festivities. Aranmula is also home to a waning handicraft tradition which is a technological marvel in its own right. The original Aranmula Metal Mirror, a unique art made by the traditional craftsmen of Aranmula (Kerala) with bell-metal is linked to the famous Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple. They are produced by one extended family in Aranmula. The mirror is made from a copper-tin alloy with trace elements. To this day, the composition remains a closely guarded secret, passed from one generation to the next. Unlike the normal “silvered” glass mirrors, it is a metal-alloy mirror or first surface mirror or front surface reflection mirror, which eliminates secondary reflections and aberrations typical of back surface mirrors.

History

Centuries ago, the royal chief brought eight families of experts in temple arts and crafts from Tirunelveli district to Aranmula to work on the mirrors in the Parthasarathy temple. The artisans are said to have sampled on this technique while they were making a crown for their deity. The temple chief was so delighted with this mirror and he included it among the eight Auspicious items used in worship in the temple and the deity has ever since ‘idol of the mirror’. In Puranas it has been described as the mirror of Goddess Parvathi.

Key Features of the Shesha Ayurveda Aranmula Mirror

Govt. of India Registration Number: PTA-1457-9/4/2013

  • Aranmula Kannadi is a front side reflection mirror compared to a normal mirror which has backside reflection. It doesn’t have aberrations which usually has with normal mirror
  • Aranmula mirror is a metal mirror where as traditional mirror is made using mercury
  • Aranmula mirror is a 100% handmade mirror
  • It usually takes 6-7 days of manual work for manufacturing single mirror
  • The secret metal recipe undergoes minimum 10,000 times of polishing to make the precious Aranmula mirror
  • The complex metallic recipe of the mirror is only known to a single family in Kerala
  • Geographical Indication tagged product. This product can only be manufactured in Aranmula, Kerala
  • The British Museum in London has an Aranmula metal mirror 45 centimetres tall in its collection.
  • It is believed in Kerala that this mirror brings prosperity to the house.
  • Traditional Aranmula Valkannadi has historical and cultural value and are thought to bring good luck, wealth and prosperity to your home.
  • Aranmula Mirror is considered to be one of the eight auspicious item or “ashtamangalyam” that play a role in the entry of the bride at a wedding venue .
  • These unique metal mirrors are the result of Kerala’s rich cultural and metallurgical traditions.
  • The mirrors received a geographical indication (GI) tag in 2004-05. GI identifies a product as originating from a particular place, and whose quality, reputation or other characteristics are attributable to its geographical source.

Aranmula Kannadi Maintenance Tips

  • Keep the mirror under room temperature away from heat and dust
  • Please do not take the mirror to bathroom or any other wet places
  • Do Not touch by fingers on the reflective surface. Finger prints with moisture should be cleaned off immediately to prevent corrosion
  • Use cotton/velvet cloth and rub the surface very softly and smoothly in vertical direction.
  • In case of any fungus formation due to careless handling, use few drops of edible oil on the affected portion with the fingers and rub it for one or two minutes and then clean it
  • Keep your Aranmula Kannadi open and exposed to air.
  • NEVER KEEP ARANMULA KANNADI CLOSED IN A BOX.

For Frame/Mirror cleaning: Use any metal polish (specially made for brass) for cleaning the Aranmula Kannadi surface; apply a thin layer of metal polish and then polish with mild cotton clothes. as you polish more, it will be shinier.

Recommended product for mirror cleaning: We recommend ‘DARA Allied Products’ – a liquid polish available in amazon India https://amzn.to/3rIhhQm


To know the quality of reflection on an Aranmula metal mirror, the following example would be sufficient. When you touch a piece of paper on the surface of an ordinary mirror, a gap remains between the paper and the image produced. But, in the case of the Aranmula metal mirror, there will be no gap between the image and the object. This indicates the fact that only a real, distortion-free image is produced on an Aranmula Kannadi.

If you are looking to buy something very special, unique and something which can be treasured for a lifetime, a very unique gift to your loved ones, this is your perfect choice – The Original Aranmula Metal Mirror ( Aranmula Kannadi) with hologram sticker from Govt. of India which denotes its authenticity and unique craftsmanship.

Completely Handmade Product. Shesha Ayurveda team works closely with one extended family from Aranmula to bring these unique handcrafted mirror to you all. This is 100% authentic

Along with every Aranmula Mirror purchased from us, get Shesha Ayurveda best sellers – Nalpamaradi Thailam 50 ml, Yellow Manjal Face Pack 50g, Pure Rose Water 100ml in a beautiful Kerala traditional gift box absolutely FREE

 


Frame made with Bronze and mirror made with Tin and Copper
Height  20.5 cm | Width 10 cm | mirror diameter – 2.5 inch
Weight – 303 g

Return/Refund Policy – We don’t accept any returns or provide any replacement for the mirror. Once you order the mirror, Don’t accept the package if it’s arrived in a tampered/damaged condition. You need to reject package upon delivery and same should be mentioned on POD slip. Once you receive the package, Please do a 360° unboxing video of opening the shipment. No missing item claims will be accepted if not accompanied by a 360 degree unboxing video. Also, We replace the mirror only if there is a physical damage that happened during transit. Such damages should be reported to us within 24 hours of receipt of package to contact@sheshaayurveda.com. Every customer who purchase the mirror must strictly go through the care instructions given here.  Mirror damage as a result of mishandling of the product  will not be replaced by us. No requests for refund/replacement coming after 1 week of receiving the product will be entertained.

DISCLAIMER – Due to variations in monitors and browsers, device screen settings, the lighting difference etc, the colors may have slight differences from the image(s) displayed.

IMPORTANT : Don’t buy any cheap lookalikes / replicas from anywhere like in exhibitions, antique outlets etc, because original Aranmula Kannadi ( Aranmula metal mirrors) are not cheap. they are expensive and should come with proper authority and proof. 


Commonly asked FAQs

What makes Aranmula Mirror  expensive ?

Aranmula Kannadi comes in various prices. it starts from INR1500/- to 12,50,000/- or even more. well, how the prices of Aranmula Kannadi is determined, and what are the factors in pricing? – Everyone may be interested to know it right?

Basically the price of Aranmula Kannadi is determined by the size of the mirror part ( reflective part). the size measuring in diameter. if we say 2.5 inch kannadi, it means the reflective part ( mirror part) of Aranmula Kannadi is in that diameter.

Also, the size and design of the frame also influence in the pricing. the size and weight of the frame along with the design and art work in the Aranmula Kannadi frame decides the price. more big frame with more works costs more.

Even a very small Aranmula Kannadi will take 3-4 days to finish its basic shape, and additional 5-6 days needs to polish and adding the art works. so the total manual labour cost involved in making the Aranmula Kannadi determines the price. Remember – Aranmula Kanandi is a 100% handmade. no machines are using for it’s making. so its pure manual effort to make every Aranmula Kannadi from start to end. Lack of availability of skilled resources too add up to the cost. The mirror is made from a copper-tin alloy with trace elements. To this day, the composition remains a closely guarded secret, passed from one generation to the next. So this is a very unique item which has it’s presence even in the British Museum. The British Museum in London has an Aranmula metal mirror 45 centimeters tall in its collection. The mirrors received a geographical indication (GI) tag in 2004-05. GI identifies a product as originating from a particular place, and whose quality, reputation or other characteristics are attributable to its geographical source.

Unlike the normal “silvered” glass mirrors, it is a metal-alloy mirror or first surface mirror or front surface reflection mirror, which eliminates secondary reflections and aberrations typical of back surface mirrors. It has its Patent protected with a Geographical Indication tag.


How is Aranmula Mirror different from normal mirror

The original  Aranmula Metal Mirror, a unique art made by the traditional craftsmen of Aranmula (Kerala) with bell- metal is linked to the famous Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple. They are produced by one extended family in Aranmula. The mirror is made from a copper-tin alloy with trace elements. To this day, the composition remains a closely guarded secret, passed from one generation to the next. Unlike the normal “silvered” glass mirrors, it is a metal-alloy mirror or first surface mirror or front surface reflection mirror, which eliminates secondary reflections and aberrations typical of back surface mirrors.

Aranmula Kannadi is a wonder to the world because of its uniqueness and the way it’s made. The uniqueness of the Aranmula Kannadi is that it is front-reflecting, unlike plane glass mirrors where reflection takes place on the back surface of the glass, where the reflective coating is applied. In plane mirrors, light travels through the glass and back, so it gets refracted and changes direction. This can cause aberration or distortion of the image, and this distortion can vary depending on the quality of the reflective coating. In the case of the Aranmula Kannadi, the light does not penetrate into any refractive medium like glass: The reflection is on the top metal surface.

To know the quality of reflection on an Aranmula metal mirror, the following example would be sufficient. When you touch a piece of paper on the surface of an ordinary mirror, a gap remains between the paper and the image produced. But, in the case of the Aranmula metal mirror, there will be no gap between the image and the object. This indicates the fact that only a real, distortion-free image is produced on an Aranmula Kannadi.


Aranmula Kannadi Features

In an ordinary mirror, there is a silver nitrate coating which reflects the light and thus presents the image of the object. There is no silver coating on the metallic mirror. When you touch a piece of paper on the surface of an ordinary mirror, there appears a gap between the object and the image whereas in the Aranmula metal mirror there is a point touching of two images and no gap exists between the images.

Aranmula  mirror is made from a copper-tin alloy with trace elements. To this day, the composition remains a closely guarded secret, passed from one generation to the next. Unlike the normal “silvered” glass mirrors, it is a metal-alloy mirror or first surface mirror or front surface reflection mirror, which eliminates secondary reflections and aberrations typical of back surface mirrors. It has its patent protected with a Geographical Indication tag

It is the only metal mirror available, Unlike Ordinary Glass mirror, Image from Aranmula Kannadi is reflected from the upper surface of reflecting material, wherein Glass mirror image reflected from the bottom layer where mercury is pasted. So real image is only captured in the Aranmula Kannadi.

Aranmula Kannadi ( Aranmula Metal Mirrors) are durable. means it can withstand anything. We call it as a treaure gift for generations to come. If you are a proud owner of Aranmula Kannadi, you may hand it over to generations, Aranmula Metal Mirror ( Aranmula Kannadi) can withstand at least 500 years without any problem.


Ok, Aranmula Kannadi is a metal mirror – is it like a metal/steel mirror? Will it break like a normal mirror if dropped down

Aranmula Kannadi (Aranmula Metal Mirror) is a combination of bronze, copper, tin and a few more secret ingredients which help the metal mix to get highly reflective surface while polishing. so it is not as hard as steel. means if you hit it very hard, there is a chance that it will break – but not brittle and easily broken like glass.  Don’t throw or drop the mirror carelessly. even though it is metal mirror, the mirror part is very thin and excessive pressure or hit on it may cause damage / break. Be very careful in handling this unique piece of art. Refer to the safety and care instructions. Buy Aranmula Mirror Online from Shesha Ayurveda

 


What is the frequency of mirror cleaning to ensure durability

The mirror should be cleaned once in a month, firstly remove the dust on its surface with smooth cloth, Otherwise dust particles or the fungus deposited on the surface of the mirror will result in oxidation and cause damage to the mirror. Sometimes a yellowish colouring is seen on the frame, which can be cleaned off by rubbing with Dhara

Cleaning the brass frame:

The Frame of Aranmula Kannadi is made up of brass. so when we expose it in to atmosphere for a long time, dust or other dirt may get on the mirror frame. For cleaning the mirror frame, Take a piece of smooth cotton cloth, fold it twice and put drops of brasso ( Brasso is a liquid solution which can get in most of the metal/paint shops) on the cloth and rub it with the other part of the cloth. If any change is seen on the frame by rubbing with brasso, then clean it with a piece of smooth cotton cloth.

Cleaning the mirror part:

If someone by mistake touches the mirror, their finger prints can be seen on mirror surface. this can be cleaned off, only if you rub it with cotton /velvet cloth smoothly on the surface of the mirror within 5 minutes in vertical direction and if it is not properly cleaned, then sprinkle a bit Brass cleaner available in the market like “Dhara Cleaner ” on velvet cloth or mirror cleaning cloth ,Fold the Cloth to 3 layers, Cleaning Drops should be upper layer and Clean with Bottom layer on Aranmula Kannadi and hold it in a slanting position allowing the dust and other particles rubbed off from the reflective surface-font.

How to rub the mirror part – for cleaning the Aranmula Kannadi

Remember to keep Aranmula Kannadi in a place with good air circulation, and exposed to the atmosphere – means Aranmula Kannadi should not keep in any box or a closed contained for a long time. also avoid placing the Kannadi nearby the wet / humid / places with extreme temperature etc.

DISCLAIMER - Due to variations in monitors and browsers, device screen settings, the lighting difference etc, the colors may have slight differences from the image(s) displayed.

Aranmula Kannadi Maintenance Tips

  • Keep the mirror under room temperature away from heat and dust
  • Please do not take the mirror to bathroom or any other wet places
  • Do Not touch by fingers on the reflective surface. Finger prints with moisture should be cleaned off immediately to prevent corrosion
  • Use cotton/velvet cloth and rub the surface very softly and smoothly in vertical direction.
  • In case of any fungus formation due to careless handling, use few drops of edible oil on the affected portion with the fingers and rub it for one or two minutes and then clean it
  • Keep your Aranmula kannadi open and exposed to air.
  • NEVER KEEP ARANMULA KANNADI CLOSED IN A BOX.

For Frame/Mirror cleaning: Use any metal polish (specially made for brass) for cleaning the aranmula kannadi surface; apply a thin layer of metal polish and then polish with mild cotton clothes. as you polish more, it will be shinier.

Recommended product for mirror cleaning:We recommend ‘DARA Allied Products’ - a liquid polish available in amazon Indiahttps://amzn.to/3lT0Xbo

Keep your Aranmula kannadi open and exposed to air.

 

Additional information

Weight350 g