When the conch (Shankha) is blown, the primal sound of Om emerges. Om is the sound that was emanated by God before the creation of the universe.
Video of this specific blowing conch so you can hear the sound it makes.
Conch shells have a significant place in Indian mythology. In the great epic Mahabharata, these were given a lot of importance. In the Bhavagad Gita, each conch shell had a specific name. Krishna's conch shell was known as Paanchajanya and Arjuna's was called Devdutta.
The conch shell's significance is corroborated by science. Try holding a conch shell to your ear, the sound of the ocean humming gently can be heard. It is actually the natural vibration or cosmic energy of the earth that gets magnified on entering the conch shell. These unique whorls are directed clockwise in perfect synchronization with universal harmony. That is why a conch shell is blown during sacred rites to get rid of negative energy. The vibrations from these conch shells can dispel evil forces from the earth and also clear environmental pollution.
The shankha is one of the eight Buddhist auspicious symbols, the Ashtamangala, and in Buddhism, it represents the pervasive sound of the Buddha dharma.
The important thing about a conch shell and what determines the price is the amount of space the conch shell has inside it for the air to blow around it. They call it the "blowing arch". So you could have two conch shells that are both 6" long and one could be very skinny and one could be very fat. The fat one would have a lot more space inside it for the air to blow around it so it would be more expensive than the skinny one that has less space for the air inside it.
8 inches/20cm measured over the "blowing arch"
genuine Turbinella pyrum from the Indian Ocean
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