In Hindu scriptures, Shankhs (Shells) are always considered very sacred and important. They were used before the beginning of war or before starting any new activity. Even nowadays, we can see many pundits using the shank during Pujas. Shanks are significant because of their association with many God and Goddess. In most of the images you can see Gods and Goddess are carrying the Shankh with them.
There are very rare and special shanks and one among them is the Dakshinavarti Shank. It has the right hand twists in the bottom and hence the name Dakshinavarti shankh. As per many scriptures, it is said that Goddess Lakshmi resides in Dakshinavarti Shankh, thatâ€™s why worshipping this shankh means worshipping Goddess Lakshmi herself and she will shower her blessings on the one who worships it. It endows the devotee with abundance of wealth and prosperity. Atharva Veda says it has the power to defeat your Enemy. Apart from Goddess Lakshmi, other deities that are associated with Dakshinavarti Shankh are Lord Vishnu and many gods like Varuna, Agni, Moon and Soma.
The size varies from rice grain to that of a coconut. They are kept at Puja place along with Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu. It is believed that if you are suffering from poverty and scarcity, then you must keep the Dakshinavarti Shanka at your Puja place or inside your treasury box. Due to its religious significance and rarity, many traders started to market duplicate shells. The original shanks are found in Indian Ocean.
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