The Right-Spiralling Conch Shell Conch Shells which spiral to the right are very rare and considered especially sacred. In Buddhist Dharma the right spiral mirrors the motion of the sun, moon, planets and stars across the sky. Also, the hair whorls on Buddha's head spiral to the right, as do his fine bodily hairs, the long white curl between his eyebrows and the conch like swirl of his navel. The Lakshmi Conch shell is a sacred manifestation of Supreme Goddess Lakshmi, and is most effectively used to bath a genuine Gandaki vajra-kita Shalagram Shila (ammonite from Gandaki River in Nepal having chakra cut by Vajra-kita worms 140 million years ago). The TOP picture showing a genuine Lakshmi Conch with a genuine Shalagram Shila is one of a kind. VERY RARE PHOTO.
Normal Conch (left) and 'Valampuri' Lakshmi Conch
Over the last 30 Years we have been looking for the truth about the fabled Lakshmi Conch Shell. Even amongst knowledgeable shell experts the sinistral turbinella pyrum is the MOST rare and valuable shell on Earth. They are so rare that only a few temples in India have them. We only found several, one in Pashupati Nath Temple Museum, and one in the London Museum of Natural History. In fact they are the same kind of Shank or Conch shell that we blow and bath the Deities with but they open on the right side (opposite of normal).
When shell collectors refer to the reversed Shank as left-handed
or "sinistral turbinella pyrum", the Indians call this the valampuri
right-handed, because they orient it with the apical spire downwards and
the aperture or siphon (mouth) uppermost and, consequently, on the right
side of the shell.
It is better to use a real left-handed white smooth shank, like normal, rather than another type of shell, like a Lightning Whelk, that is not even a Shank, and which is NOT recommended in Puja. Only a Shank is auspicious for puja, what to speak of a shank that opens on the right side, viz., A Lakshmi Shank.