The genuine Lakshmi Shank is a sinistral conch shell from the Indian Ocean, and certainly not a sinistral whelk species from Florida, USA. A true Valampuri shell is a species under the gastropod genus Turbinella L. The most common species is Turbinella pyrum L. It is important to note that only sinistral variety of Turbinell species is a true Lakshmi Shankh. This shell is rare in its occurrence. Other right-turning sea snail shells of a similar shape such as the lightning whelk Busycon perversum, are often mistakenly sold and worshiped in place of the genuine Shank. The real Lakshmi Shank has 3 to 7 ridges or plaits on its columella, whereas whelk shells does not show the presence of such plaits on its columella. The so called flower bud opening test and the rice pulling test (Valampuri said to rise up through a rice heap) are non scientific gimmicks. The best authenticity test is to take X-Ray image of the Valampuri. Valampuries show morphological variations depending on origin. Shells with mixed characters of two adjacent localities are also seen.
While genuine Dakshinavarti Lakshmi Conches are only found in the Indian Ocean, between Myanmar (Burma) all the way to Sri Lanka. There are three main localities of this shankh in India. Shells from all the localities show definite morphological variations. The three localities are Indian Ocean near Adam’s Bridge (Ram Setu), Sri Lanka, Ramishwaram to Tuticorin. Shells from this region are rare in occurrence. The second locality is Arabian Sea or Western India. The third locality is Bay of Bengal. Varieties showing mixed characters have also been observed. The imitation (Lightning Whelks) mostly come from Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. This imitation is also known as African Valampuri.
Real Lakshmi Conch (right side spinning) are estimated to occur only one per 100,000 conch shells. The shell of the lightning whelk on the other hand almost always opens on the right. Valampuries with five plaits or folds in its cavity are known as ‘Panchajanya’ and are very rare. Completely snow-white Valampuries are also very rare and expensive.
The Lakshmi Conch 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.
SIDDH GANESH SHANKH
Ganesh shankh shall be kept in Puja Ghar or Locker during any auspicious occasionor festival, Ganesh conch brings good luck and prosperity to the individual and his family. In the Puranas, the gods and goddesses are depicted as holding a shell, whenever they are happy or setting out on war. It is always recommended that every house shall have Ganesh Shankh to protect them from evil eyes and malefic effects of planets, for wealth, prosperity and Good Luck. It is belived that who keeps this Shell in their locker, they would never face any dearth of money in there life. Ganesh Shankh shall be kept on red cloth in puja Ghar or Wrapped in Red cloth, if need to be kept in locker. One shall light incense in front of Ganesh shankh and offer white rice and milk.
|o||Protection to the house or office from evil eyes.|
|o||Prosperity and No shortage of food, money or clothes.|
|o||Brings peace to the premises.|
|o||If kept in the bedroom, it brings harmony among the couple.|
|o||If kept during a religious gathering, it brings knowledge by evoking Lord Ganesha.|
|o||Enlightens the students with knowledge and sharpens their memory.|
|o||Fill it with Ganges water and sprinkle it on a person or in a premises. Malefic planetery effects and black magic evils disappear.|
|o||Removes ill-effects of Brahmhatya, Gau-hatya and Bal-hatya (Dosha due to killing of a priest, cow or a child in the previous births).|