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Significance of Shankh / Sangu / Counch

A #conch is a sea-dwelling mollusc. In Hindu religion, it is popularly called as "#Shankh" / "#Shangu" and considered to be one of the most auspicious objects that emerged from the sea during the Ksheera Sagara Samudra Manthan.

Religious Significance

In Indian mythology, the Shankh is regarded sacred and very auspicious. To initiate religious ceremonies, a shankh (conch shell) is blown. It is a major Hindu article of prayer. God Vishnu, the God of Preservation, is shown with a shankh in one hand and a disc or a chakra in the other. Each hindu shankh has a specific name. The sacred conch shell is an integral part of Hindu symbolic and religious tradition.. Whenever the conch shell is blown, it is said to purify the environment from all evil effects.

Scientific significance

Leaving aside the mythology part, the conch shell's significance can also be corroborated by science. If you try holding a shankh near your ear, the sound of the gently humming ocean can be heard. This is actually the natural vibration or cosmic energy of the Earth which gets magnified on entering the conch shell. The vibrations from these conch shells can overpower evil forces from the Earth. According to science, the blowing of a conch shell enhances the positive #psychological vibrations such as courage, determination, hope, optimism, willpower, etc. in the blower as well as those around him.

Types of Shankha of Religious importance

Dakshinavarti Shankh

The shankh that open towards the right hand are called #Dakshinavarti Shankh or #Valampuri Sangu. These shahkh are rare and are available in white color with brown lines on them that run towards the right or South. Lord #Kubera (God of wealth) resides in South and so this shankh represents wealth and prosperity. The sizes differ and can be from the size of a wheat grain to as large as a coconut. Dakshinavarti type of shankha come from deep seas and are very rare.