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By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Kamandalu, KamaNDalu, Kamandalu

Kamaṇḍalu literally means ‘that which brings the essence of water’.

A sanyāsin[1] who has renounced all the possessions is permitted to keep and use few things absolutely essential for living. One of them is the kamaṇḍalu or the water pot. It is usually made of bitter gourd. It is sometimes made from clay also. It has a handle, a lid and a spout. He is expected to carry it along with the pavitra.[2]


  1. Sanyāsin is referred as Hindu monk.
  2. Pavitra is the cloth for straining water.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore