Vaalkannadi (Hand held Mirrors)

There has been the mentioning of metal mirror in many Puranas including Rig-Veda. Even in the carvings of Kajuraho there has been depiction of hand held mirrors. The mirror is oval shape or as per the ancient, it is shaped as the ‘YONNI MUKH’ or vaginal face. It depicts femininity, just as Shiva Linga depicts masculinity. There are many temples in which the Vaalkannadi is used to symbolize Goddess, i.e. Goddess without form it is a temple dedicated to Goddess Saraswathi, Veena is place next to the mirror. The mirror has a lot of ritualistic importance. The Vaalkannadi has been used by the ladies of wealthy families for makeup and also to admire themselves. It has also been an item of social symbol.

Aranmulai Kannadi
THE WONDER METAL MIRROR OF ARANMULA

This metal resembles the glass mirror in every respect and any object placed against it, is reflected with complete clarity without any reflection in as much as the image falls just on top of the surface of the metal mirror where the image falls on the mercury coated surface inside the glass.

Address

ADITI HANDICRAFTS CENTRE

Veluthedathu House, Near P.W.D. Rest House, Aranmula P.O. Chengannur (via), Kerala, South India

+91 99466 69031, +91 96564 99221, +91 97451 53451

Email: gopanaranmulai@gmail.com