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  • Writer's picturePrakhar Maheshwari

Aranmula Kannadi - World's Unique Mirror

You may have heard of more popular phrases like World's tallest building, tallest statue, longest Pizza and so on, but, are you aware of a marvel that is only manufactured in India? Yes, we are talking about the mirror that reflects your truest self - The Aranmula Kannadi or Aranmula Mirror, the only mirror with the real image of yourself.

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What is so special about the mirror?

Unlike typical "Silvered" glass mirrors, the Aranmula Kannadi is a metal alloy mirror. This is also known as the first surface mirror as it eliminates secondary reflections and hence able to give a more realistic and true self image. The make of the mirror is a family secret kept by the craft God, Vishwakarma, who is considered as the master of architect as per Hindu beliefs. Metallurgists believe that the mirror is made of an alloy of copper and tin.

The mirror is hand made and is one of the 8 auspicious items used in auspicious functions like marriage. It is patent protected and boasts of GI tag given by the Govt. of India. The mirror has great cultural and traditional values and brings good luck.

Story behind it

The origins of the mirror making are linked to the famous Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple in Kerala. It is believed that centuries ago, the Royal Chief brought 8 families who excelled in temple arts and crafts to Aranmula to work on the mirrors to be used in Parthasarathy temple.

The British Museum also has one 45cm long Aranmula Kannadi.


Apart from the fact that it is the only metal alloy mirror in the world that gives the real image, there is only 1 design of mirror in the whole world. So if you possess one, you will not find the same design anywhere else! Isn't that totally amazing!

Where can you buy it and what is the price?

You can purchase it online at

It comes in various designs and prizes that can range starts from INR 2500.

If you are in the town of Aranmula, do not forget to visit the Parthasarathy Temple and the holy river of Pamba.

So the next time you consider gifting something precious to your near and dear ones, Aranmula Kannadi is the perfect option.

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