Dakshinavarti Shankh (Valampuri Sanggu; Sri Lakshmi Shankh), is a sacred Hindu object otherwise known in English as a conch shell.
In other words, when it is held with the spout (siphonal canal) pointed up, this conch’s spiral twists rightwards (dakshinavarti) rather than very much more common form, which twists leftwards (vamavarti).
The Lakshmi Conch (Valampuri/ Dakshinavarthy) is said to bring all manner of blessing, but particularly material wealth, upon the owner. Ritual use may include bathing deities, drinking from the conch, or the use of mantras oriented to goddess Lakshmi. It is a wonderful object for Vastu purpose giving high positive energy.
Dakshinavarti Shankh and it’s Importance
There are a lot of different types of conches. Out of these, two are considered to be very important. One is Vamavarti shankh and the other is Dakshinavarti shankh. Vamavarti shankh is open on the left side. On the other hand, Dakshinavarti shankh is open on the right side. In Tantra Shastra, Dakshinavarti shankh is considered to be more important than Vamavarti shankh. Dakshinavarti shankh has a closed mouth and therefore, it is only worshiped and does not emit any sound.
Benefits of Dakshinavarti Shankh
Dakshinavarti shankh is considered to be beneficial and pure. It is believed that Lord Vishnu is fond of this shankh and it represents Goddess Laxmi. Dakshinavarti shankh brings fame and success. If a person keeps this shankh at his home, he is relieved off nightmares. Keeping this shankh in an office will bring success to your business. Family atmosphere is also peaceful and sound.
Dakshinavarti Shankh Sthapna
Dakshinavarti shankh should be purified before being established in a house. It should be cleaned on Wednesday or Thursday in an auspicious muhurat with milk, ganges water, dhoop, deep, panchamrit etc. It should be kept on a red cloth lying on a silver platform. The open end should be facing the sky and the other end should be facing you. This shankh should be filled with rice and red thread. A swastika should be drawn on this shankh and it should be worshipped with sandalwood, flowers, dhoop and deep.
How to Worship Dakshinavarti Shankh ?
Once a Dakshinavarti shankh is established, it should be properly worshipped. To achieve quick results, you should worship it and chant :
Om Hrim Shrim Namah
Sridhar Karasthaya Payonidhi Jatayan
Laxmi Sahodaraya Fal Pradaya Fal Pradaya
Sridakshinavarta Shankhaya Sri Hrim Namah
This shankh relieves you of poverty and brings fame, success, prosperity etc.
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