Navratri 2022: Why is blowing on shells (shankh) important? Know its meaning


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Navratri 2022: Blowing the conch or the shankh has a special meaning in Hinduism. Not only does it look beautiful, but it also has many health and religious benefits. Many Hindu households have a conch shell in their home temple as it is said to signify brilliance, brilliance, purity and auspiciousness. Not only in recent times, but shankh has been an important part of our culture from the time of the gods and goddesses. According to folklore, shankh is believed to have originated during the Samudra Manthan (Churning of the Ocean) and Lord Vishnu kept it in the form of a weapon.

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Blowing a conch shell is part of Hindu and Buddhist traditions. Our elders have been doing that for centuries before they started any religious work or new things. Besides having great significance in our culture, blowing the shell also has health benefits. Shankh is said to dispel all negative energy in the environment.

Let’s take a look at the health benefits-

Experts believe that blowing conch shells is a good way to strengthen the lungs and increase their capacity. Especially during the Covid pandemic, it was advised to blow the shankh because the disease affects the respiratory tract. However, there is no scientific evidence to prove that blowing conch shells helps prevent Covid-19, but they say it certainly helps with lung exercises.

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Blowing on a shankh would also be a great exercise for the urinary tract, bladder, abdomen, diaphragm, chest and neck muscles.

It also helps the thyroid and vocal cords. On the other hand, it is also helpful in correcting any speech problems.

However, one should not blow on the conch if they have high blood pressure, glaucoma or hernia.

Importance of blowing the shankh in Hinduism

It is believed that one should never open the gates of the temple without blowing on the shankh.

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The vibrations that occur as a result of blowing the shell are said to kill the bacteria that cause disease.

Blowing on the shankh is also said to calm the mind and make the environment spiritual and sacred. It is also believed to keep away evil eyes and bring in positive energy.

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