Shankha (Conches) are part of the daily worship in Hinduism. They are used to carry water for puja and are also used to sound (blow) during prayers. Among the different types of Shankh the most sought after is the Dakshinavarti Shankh or the right turned Conch. It is very rare, most auspicious and of the highest value. The greatness of the Dakshinavarta Shankha is mentioned in the Varaha and Skanda Purana.
In Varaha Purana it is indicated that one who baths in the water from the conch is freed from all sins.
Bathing of the idol of Sri Hari Vishnu using water from Dakshinavarti Shankh will help a devotee wash away the sins of seven births says Skanda Purana.
Water from Sankha is offered in temples and sacred places to devotees. It is received on the palm and is sprinkled on the head. The water from Shankha is never sipped.
The right-turned Shankha are found on the sea shore at Saurashtra,
Gujarat. They are shiny, soft, white as the moon, with pointed ends and are heavy.
It is believed that one who possesses Dakshinavarta Shankha will be blessed with long life, fame and fortune.