Shankh or Shankha is a conch shell which is of ritual and religious importance in Hinduism. In Hinduism, the shankha is a sacred emblem of the Hindu preserver god Vishnu. It is still used as a trumpet in Hindu ritual. The sound of the shankha symbolises the sacred Om sound. Vishnu holding the conch represents him as the god of sound. Shankha is the residence of both Lakshmi and Vishnu. Shankha is one of the main attribute of Lord Vishnu. Avatars of Vishnu like Matsya, Kurma, Varaha and Narasimha are also depicted holding the shankha, along with the other attributes of Vishnu.

Valampuri Shankh:
Valampuri Shankh is a rare and highly auspicious Shankh. The true Dakshinavarti Shankha has the three or more horizontal lines at the inside center opening. This is considered very auspicious and kept at pooja only and not blown. It is the favourite of Goddess Lakshmi and it is said that one who keeps this Shankha in puja will always have excellent prosperity. This is very difficult to get and the price is quite high and varies.

Blowing Shankh:
Blowing Shankh has a strong association with the Hindu religion. It is said that when it is blown it announces the victory of good over evil. This instrument has limited musical applications. Blowing of Shankhs remove the ill effects of negative energies and it purifies our surroundings and soul. It is also proved scientifically that blowing the shankha is very helpful for better blood circulation.

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