Kamandalu is the universal vessel, and font of All and is a symbol of Brahma. In modern India, Brahama is represented with a Kamadalu in his upper left hand. It is a pot of water that contains the cosmic energy with which Brahma created the universe. It is also a water pot used by holy men (sadhus). The Khumb (Vase) which contains the nectar or elixir of immortality and which is celebrated every 12 years at the Khumba Mela is another version of a divine container. In Valmiki’s Ramayana, Ganga (Sanskrit for Ganges) is described as the daughter of Lord Himalaya and Menaka who was abducted to the heavens by the deities and started to live in heaven from then, inside Karmandala, a spout shaped vessel. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Padma_River Colgne Sanskrit Dictionary: kamaNDalu {us} , {u} m. n. (in the Veda {Us} f. according to Pan2. 4-1 , 71) a gourd or vessel made of wood or earth used for water (by ascetics and religious students) a water-jar a kind of animal ({us}) m. Ficus Infectoria ({Us}) f. a kind of animal