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Different Types of Conch – Shankh – in Hinduism – Benefits

As per Hinduism, there are different types of Shankh and they have different benefits to a devotee when kept at home. Here are the different types of conch in Hindu religion and their benefits. Please note that many of the conch are very to find and some are hidden in the oceans and earth.

Madhyavarti Shankh 

This conch has opening in the middle. It is a very rare type of conch. Keeping this at home will help in achieving desires. Apart from desire fulfillment, it is also believed to be a harbinger of peace, success and prosperity.

Vamavarti Shankh – Dakshinavarti Shankh - Valampuri

This shankh is held using the left hand. It is known as Vamavarti, Dakshinavarti and Valampuri Shankh. This is also a very rare type of conch. Having it at home will help in driving out poverty and negative forces. This will help in solving financial problems. There will be blessing of Kuber and Lakshminarayan. Goddess Lakshmi will reside in such homes.

Moti Shankh

Moti Shankh is a small conch with various patterns on it and this is easily available. The conch helps in achieving mental peace. Having at home will help in achieving peace in relationships. Mental disorders like depression etc can be controlled through the worship of it. Drinking water kept overnight in Moti Shankh helps in curing health issues associated with heart and lungs.

Ganesh Shankh

This is a very rare and highly auspicious conch. This shankh is in the shape of Bhagavan Ganesha. It is believed that merely by seeing the shankh one will find relief to life problems. Worshipping it will help in fulfillment of desires related to property and wealth. Drinking water kept overnight in Ganesh Shankh by pregnant women will help in having healthy and intelligent children. It is believed that such a child will be intelligent enough to find solutions to various problems in life. Drinking water from it helps in curing jaundice.

Vishnu Shankh

This white colored conch is highly distorted. Some people suggest that if one looks carefully at the conch it has the shape of Garuda – the vehicle of Bhagavan Vishnu. This conch is also known as Chandra Shankh. Keeping it at home and doing proper worship will help in desire fulfillment. Negative forces and enemy activity will be prevented by it. It also helps in alleviating sadness from life.

Devi Shankh

This very rare conch is associated with Mother Goddess Shakti. It is believed that Adi Shakti Maa Durga carried such a conch whenever she appeared to annihilate demons and restore Dharma. A man who sounds the conch nine times gets the merit of reading Durga Saptasati 900 times. Worshiping this conch will help in getting the blessing of Mother Goddess. She will protect, bless and nourish the devotee. It is believed that Devi will reside in homes in which Devi Shankh is properly respected and worshipped.

Manipushpak Shankh 

This rare conch is associated with Sahadev, one of the Pandava brothers in the Mahabharat. The face of the Shankh is completely opened. Having this Shankh at home will help in a peaceful family life. There will be love and cooperation in the family. Keeping water overnight in the Shankh and having it in the morning will help in solving heart related problems. Worshiping it helps in having good health.

Neelkanth Shankh 

This rare conch is associated with Bhagavan Mahadev Shiva. It is believed that the Halahala poison, which appeared during Samdura manthan (churning of ocean), was collected in this Shankh and drank by Shiva. Neelkanth Shankh gets its name from this divine incident. If a person is bitten by poisonous reptiles or animals then drinking Ganga River water filled in the Neelkanth Shankh will cure the person. Houses in which this conch is present will never be visited by poisonous animals. Filling the conch with pure cow milk and keeping it in sunlight for few minutes and then drinking it will help in curing even the most dreaded diseases. Having the conch at home is good for health and for mental peace.

Annapurna Shankh 

This is a heavy and big conch. It has an attractive look. Houses in which Annapurna Shankh is present will be blessed with good food. There will be good health. People in the house will be always radiant, beautiful and handsome.

Lakshmi Shankh

This is a conch associated with Goddess Lakshmi. The belief is that she resides in the conch. It is good for business and career prospects. It is ideal for those looking for job or wishing to start a business.

Gomukhi Shankh 

This conch has the shape of the face of a cow. It is a powerful and meritorious conch. Possessing it will help in wish fulfillment. It is a harbinger of good health. A person will be able to enjoy various material and bodily pleasures.

Kamdenu Shankh

This conch is associated with the divine cow Kamdhenu in Hinduism. This helps in desire fulfillment. Person possessing it will be blessed with health and long life. It also blesses a person with fame and honor.

Deva Shankh

This conch used to be carried by Devas or Demigods in Hindu religion. This is a very rare conch. Worship of it will help in achieving heaven on earth. A person in possession of it will be blessed with wisdom. It is ideal for spiritual aspirants. It is good for students and those in search for job and better career prospects.

Chakra Shankh

This conch is associated with Bhagavan Vishnu. It is believed that he annihilated various demons with the help of it. It is a symbol of victory of dharm over adharma. Sound of it helps in achieving moksha. Devotee who has the luck of listening to the sound of it, will achieve self-realization and will be transported to Vaikunta – the abode of Vishnu.

Did You Know
As per Vishnu Purana, Shankh is the brother of Goddess Lakshmi as both Shankh and Goddess Lakshmi appeared during the Samudra Manthan or churning of ocean.

Regular blowing of conch helps in strengthening the muscles of heart, it helps in curing lung related health issues, improves breathing and it also helps in improving intelligence.

The best days to install Shankh at home in the puja area are Ravi Pushya (Pushya Nakshatra on Sunday), Guru Pushya (Pushya Nakshatra on Thursday), Navratri, Holi, Diwali and Mahashivratri.