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This 4-inch diameter cauldron is a great value and was close in price to others that were only 2-3 inches in diameter. I find this size much more versatile than the smaller versions while still fitting neatly on my tabletop. I love that the tripod legs sit firmly on a standard 4-inch stone coaster. The lid is a definite plus, and the wire bail handle is sturdy and well attached. The cast iron is hefty, looks pleasingly rustic, and has not chipped or rusted with 3 months of weekly use. Upon receipt, I cleaned and lightly oiled the entire cauldron and lid and put it in a hot oven for about an hour to season. So far it has been easy to wipe clean after each use. Dimensions: 4-inch interior bowl width; 6-inch exterior width with handles; 2.75-inch interior bowl depth; 3.75-inch height without lid, including the legs; 5-inch height with lid, including the legs. This should last a lifetime with standard cast iron cleaning and care.
I was looking for a miniature havan kund for vedic fire rituals. Initially, I would use the standard large havan kunds. But after chancing upon a youtube video by noted vedic scholar/astrologer, PVR Narasimha Rao, showing how to do a super-short havan at home (in the Western world - US/EU environment), I was inspired and started looking for a kund. Sure, many copper kunds are available, some small in size as well. But I was looking for something heavy, sturdy and robust. Also, as PVR showed in the video, any metal bowl is fine, though I still wanted something aesthetically satisfying as well - after all, it's a vessel by which you are directly transmitting your offerings to the deity. The main idea behind a small kundam is a small fire, less smoke, much less wood/coconut etc to burn, and at the same time the clean-up is super easy. I first bought the largest size, was so impressed, that I proceeded to buy the other 2 smaller sizes as well. Now I use the medium size for my standard havans, the small size for a 11 ahuti havan, and the largest size for bigger havans. I just love them all. I don't post reviews usually, but felt this could help you if you're also looking to do regular small homas at home. Needless to say, I'm overjoyed that it's Made in India. Thanks to NewAge Imports for this excellent design and manufacturing quality. Om Shanti!
This little item is very cute. Please pay attention to the measurements, because just like me, you might get something really cute instead of magical. I will keep it because it is really good for incense cones, but I really need a bigger Cauldon for spells.