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RARE LAKSHMI CONCH: Dakshin Shank: The Right-Spiralling Conch Shell
THE SACRED LAKSHMI CONCH
(sinistral turbinella pyrum)
By Richard Shaw Brown, PG
Conch Shells which spiral to the right are very rare and considered especially sacred. In Buddhist Dharma the right spiral mirrors the motion of the sun, moon, planets and stars across the sky. Also, the hair whorls on Buddha's head spiral to the right, as do his fine bodily hairs, the long white curl between his eyebrows and the conch like swirl of his navel. The Lakshmi Conch shell is a sacred manifestation of Supreme Goddess Lakshmi, and is most effectively used to bath a genuine Gandaki vajra-kita Shalagram Shila (ammonite from Gandaki River in Nepal having chakra cut by Vajra-kita worms 140 million years ago). The TOP picture showing a genuine Lakshmi Conch with a genuine Shalagram Shila is one of a kind. VERY RARE PHOTO.
'Valampuri' Dakshin Conch & Normal Shank
QUESTION: Most temples have "Lightning Whelks" on
the altar. I have heard from some that this is an accepted exception
but I have very serious doubts. Any information about other kinds
of sea shells besides conch shells. Maybe you could write a detailed
article on the subject sp people could know the truth.
REPLY: Shastra says "bone" is impure, BUT, Conch Shell
(Indian Turbinella Pyrum) is super-pure, even to bathe the Deities.
Even Lakshmi Devi and Her Lord Narayana carry one in Their hand. Shastra
doesn't say ANY SHELL or EVERY SHELL is pure, it's only Indian Shank
(Turbinella Pyrum) that is pure. And these come in two types, normal
left side opening AND special right side opening (Valampuri Dakshin-varti
Turbinella Pyrum). Both are ruled by Goddess Lakshmi. It is not required
to have right-side opening. Left side (normal) opening Shank is perfect
for puja. And Lakshmi Shank is even better than perfect. It is said
by Conchologists that only one Lakshmi Shank is found among 1,000
normal Indian Shanks. And ALL Indian shanks are pure and auspicious.
BUT common Lightning Whelk (busycon contrarium), with no internal
formation and no ridges in the conch cavity - is a bogus non-pure
shell. And as you mention so many temples use this non-conch
shell, and they're doing puja with an impure non-conch shell simply
because they have been hoodwinked by con men. It is embarrassing that
temples use the wrong shell. And in many temples they openly display
the fact that they have been cheated on a bogus Conch. And worse,
they tell the public that they have a REAL Sri Lakshmi Conch, even
though that is untrue.
Fact: The left side opening OR the right side opening Turbinella
Pyrum Indian Conch - with 3 to 7 ridges in the conch cavity, and special
internal structure is the ONLY Shank that is Vedic. The normal left-side
opening Conch is very low price, even less than the bogus ones (Lightning
Whelk), and only the Indian Shank is correct for puja.
--- Lightning Whelk: Many temples and puja dealers mistake a Lightning
Whelk as a Lakshmi Conch. They are wrong. There is ONLY one true Lakshmi
Shank and the photos here are a darshan of the REAL thing....
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