Kamandalu was used in the olden days to carry water or any liquid for that matter. It was carried usually by saints. I found one this at my grand fathers place. He had bought it long back he doesn’t even remember when and says, “30 to 35 years ago may be!” It is heavy and is made of brass and copper. The kamandalu has a very sacred and religious use. Now-a-days it is seen only in temples to give out the tirtha. It is nothing but a lota with a handle and spout. The same ingenious ‘lota’, that Charles Eames identified as the paradigm for Indian design.
Photo Credits: pzore
The above photograph illustrates Samarth Ramdas Swami carrying the kamandalu; one of the utilitarian products he always carried with himself.