[ecis2016.org] Keeping a shankh or conch shell in the house helps get rid of Vastu dosha and bring good luck and prosperity.
A shankh is considered auspicious and its sound invites peace, prosperity and luck at home. Shankh or shankham in Sanskrit, stands for shum, meaning something good, and kham, meaning water. Shankham literally means ‘the conch which holds the sacred water’.
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Significance of the shankh (conch)
It is believed that deities reside in the conch. Varun Dev sits at the centre of the conch, Brahma is at the back and Ganga and Saraswati are in the front. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Vishnu, in his various avatars, blows the conch to destroy the negativity in the world. The conch is believed to have originated from the churning of the ocean or samudra manthan.
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The shankh is Vishnu’s symbol and is sacred in both Hinduism and Buddhism. In the Mahabharata, Lord Krishna and the five Pandavas each had a conch shell.
In religious rituals, a shankh is used at the beginning of prayers or any auspicious beginning. The sound is linked with hope and the removal of obstacles. Water kept in a conch shell is sprinkled while performing pujas to cleanse and purify the space. There are two types of conches – the left-handed conch shell and the right-handed conch shell. The right-handed conch is considered auspicious and is also known as Lakshmi Shankh or Dakshinavarti Shankh.
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Vastu for shankh and its sound energy
The sound of the shankh is said to purify the energies as it has healing and vibrational properties. When the conch is blown with controlled breath, the sound of Om emanates from it which helps the mind to relax. The shankh is believed to be one of the first sound-producing tools. When held close to the ear the sound of the ocean can be heard. It is believed that the one who blows the conch gets the blessings of long life and health.
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Types of conch shells
Different types of shanks are named after Gods. There is the right-handed shankh of Vishnu and the left-handed shankh of Shiva. There is the Ganesh shankh, dakshinavarti shankh, vamavarti shankh, kauri shankh, gaumukhi shankh, heera shankh and moti shankh.
Dakshnivarta shankh attracts good luck and prosperity
The dakshinavarti shankh is also known as the Lakshmi shankh. Daksinavarta or dakshinavarti shankh is open on the right side that is considered the abode of the lord of wealth, Kuber. It has a closed mouth, therefore, it is only worshipped and does not emit any sound. Right-handed conch shells are auspicious and attract good luck, peace and prosperity.
Right-handed or dakshinavarti conch shells should be placed in the puja room designed in the north, the east or the northeast. A swastika should be drawn on this shankh and it should be worshipped with sandalwood, flowers and diya.
Vamavarti shankh – the blowing conch shell
Vamavarti shankh opens towards the left hand and its mouth opens in the middle. Held by the left hand, this is the most commonly available shankh and is used for all religious purposes. The blowing of a vamavarti shankh removes negative energies and purifies the surroundings. It is regarded as the brother of Goddess Lakshmi and a favourite of Lord Vishnu.
Ganesha shankha – removes obstacles
Ganesha shankh represents Lord Ganesha and is worshipped to remove obstacles and bring success, knowledge, good luck and prosperity. This shankh is considered auspicious as it gives protection from evil effects. Ganesha shankh is ideally kept in the temple at home and can be worshipped daily or during religious festivals. It can also be kept in the locker of the house wrapped in a red cloth.
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Gaumukhi shankha – invites abundance and blessings
Gaumukhi shankh or panchmukhi shankh is also called the cow conch. Keeping gaumukhi shankh in the temple gives the same blessings and benefits as that of keeping a cow. The cow is considered a sacred animal and a symbol of abundance. Keeping this shankh in a temple or pooja room can give you happiness and good luck.
Kauri shankh – attracts wealth
Since ancient times kauris have been considered to bring wealth and prosperity. In ancient times it was used as a currency and was a part of the bride’s wedding attire. As per Hindu mythology, kauri was obtained from samudra manthan along with Lakshmi and other holy things. As per Hindu shastras, kauri is said to be the loving product of Mahalakshmi. It is also related to Lord Shiva and is used to decorate Nandi. Kauri shankh is kept in the cash box for prosperity and wealth.
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Moti shankh – prosperity and peace
Moti shankh is as lustrous as a pearl and difficult to find. This is a precious variety of shankh and is available in all sizes. Keeping this shankh in the house is considered to be auspicious and gives good fortune, prosperity, success and peace of mind.
Heera shankh – good fortune
Heera Shankh is also called pahadi shankh (conch from the mountains). It is used in the worship of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu. Heera shankh is a right-sided conch shell, available in different colours. The heera shankh bestows immense wealth, fortune and protection when kept at home.
Gomati chakra – eliminate Vastu dosha and attract good fortune
Gomati chakra, a form of shell stone, resembles the sudarshan chakra of Lord Krishna. It is used as a yantra in puja or religious ceremonies. As per Vastu, burying gomti chakra in the foundation of buildings eliminates Vastu dosha and blesses the occupants with prosperity and long life. In some regions of India, this sacred symbol is worshipped on Diwali along with Goddess Lakshmi. Gomti chakra wrapped in a cloth and kept inside a cash box activates wealth.
Vastu benefits of shankh at home
- According to religious belief, the conch shell has to be placed in the temple at home on the auspicious day of Shivratri or Navratri.
- Shankh attracts wealth and prosperity when kept at home.
- Shankh is known to keep negative energies at bay and invite peace and positivity. To remove negative energies, sprinkle water with a conch shell all over the house.
- The presence of shankh at home brings knowledge by evoking Goddess Saraswati.
- In a house with Vastu defects, regularly blowing the conch nullifies the Vastu doshas.
- Keep conches in the bedroom to strengthen the bond among a couple.
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Placement of shankh as per Vastu in the temple at home
Always keep the conch in the temple with the pointed portion facing the idols. The shankh should be kept with its open part upwards, and the beak should be kept on its side. It is believed that the energy and the frequencies radiating from the idols come towards the pointed portion of the shankh and spread favourable energies all around the house. Vastu suggests placing shankh on the right side of the room. As per pooja room Vastu, before chanting a mantra, wash the shankh to maintain the purity of the pooja room.
Shankh as a remedy for Vastu dosha
Shankh is used to remove Vastu flaws in the house. Lord Vishnu, in his various avatars, blows the conch to destroy the negativity around the world. It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi resides in a house with a conch shell. If there is a Vastu dosha in any part of your house, place a conch in that corner to eliminate the dosha and the bad energies. Vastu shankh yantras are placed in the northwest to rectify the flaw of the direction.
Vastu rules for shankh
- Shankh that is blown during prayers should not be used to offer water to the deities.
- Clean the shankh daily with holy water and cover it in white or red cloth.
- The conch shell should always be kept filled with water at the place of worship.
- Regularly worship the conch shells and ensure that they are blown into at least twice daily.
- Do not use a shankh to offer water to Lord Shiva.
- Two conches should never be kept together in a temple at home for worship.
- Never keep a conch on the floor as it is equal to a deity.
- Broken chipped or cracked shankh should never be kept in the mandir.
- Avoid keeping thorny conches and corals as decoration pieces as they create an imbalance in a home’s healthy atmosphere.
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Benefits of conch shells as per Feng Shui
In Feng Shui, seashells attract good luck when kept at home. Shells are a symbol of communication, healthy relationships and prosperity. The conch is one of the eight auspicious symbols at the feet of Lord Buddha. To protect the home from evil energy, keep shells on a window. According to Feng Shui, keeping them in the bedroom (southwest) helps couples strengthen their relationships. For a prosperous career keep seashells in the northeast of the living room. In Feng Shui, a flowing water fountain designed with shells symbolises money flowing into the house and also protects wealth.
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What is a Shankhini?
A shankhini is a female shankh and a form of shell stone with a rough surface. The shankhini produces negative energies, therefore, it is not used during auspicious rituals or for blowing.
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Tortoise figurines help to reduce Vastu faults as it has tremendous power to balance and harmonise the environment. Tortoise also helps in enhancing career luck, longevity and health, wealth and family luck. The shankh is sacred and attracts fame, longevity and prosperity. It is the cleanser of sin and the abode of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and consort of Lord Vishnu.
Which type of shankh is good for home?
The right-handed shankh is auspicious and brings good luck, wealth and prosperity to the house.
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