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Panchajanya – The Conch or Shanka of Lord Vishnu

Panchajanya is the divine conch or Shanka that emerged from the ocean of milk during the Samudra Mantha (the churning of ocean) by the gods and demons for Amrut (Ambrosia). Lord Vishnu received the Panchajanya, which is considered to be a divinity in its own right. There is lot of symbolism attributed to Panchajanya. Lord Vishnu himself is said to be represented in the Shamka (Conch). Sun and Moon are said to reside in it, Varuna, the god of waters is said to rest in the middle portion; Prajapati, the first born and the progenitor of all beings in its tail portion; and River Goddess Ganga and Saraswathi in its front portion. You may also like to readImportance of Shankh in Hindu rituals

Quotes from Devi Mahatmya

Before the Lord’s Beauty worldly beauty becomes nothing; wonderful, beautiful forms appear like dead bodies.
Think of my Mother, my Mother’s Beauty (Goddess Shakti) illumines the whole world.
See it if you have the eyes to see.
A fragment of Thy beauty makes beauty beautiful.
Salutations to the Mother, to thee Who manifests Thyself as all beauty, because of Whose presence the beautiful appears to be beautiful.
Salutations, salutations, salutations to thee!Devi Mahatmya

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