Conch : The Importance and uses
Why we blow the Conch (Sankha) in Festivals & at the time of happiness and joy ?
Lets know the Fact!
In temples or even at homes, the CONCH (SANKHA) is blown before ritualistic worship (POOJA). It is sometimes blown while doing AARATI (PRAYER) or to mark an auspicious occasion. It was blown before in the battle & after the battle from winning side.
The sound of ‘OM ' emanates when a CONCH (SANKHA) is blown. 'OM' is an auspicious sound that was chanted by the lord before creating the World.
The CONCH (SANKHA) blown by the lord is called “PAANCHAJANYA “. He carries it all times in one of his four hands. It represents DHARMA or RIGHTEOUSNESS, one of the four goals (PURUSHAARTHAS) of life. The sound of the CONCH (SANKHA) is thus also the victory call of good over evil.
Another well-Known purpose of blowing the CONCH (SANKHA) and other instruments during the prayer time is meant for making people to concentrate towards GOD without a disturbed mind. The sounds help the people to make the mind peace & calm.
Ancient India lived in her villages. Each village was presided over by a Primary temple and several smaller ones. During the AARATI, performed after all important poojas and on sacred occasions, the CONCH (SANKHA) used to be blown. Since Villages were generally small, the sound of the CONCH (SANKHA) would be heard all over the village. People who could not make it to the temple were reminded to stop whatever they were doing, at least for a few seconds, and mentally bow to the lord. The CONCH (SANKHA) Sound served to briefly elevate people's minds to a prayerful attitude even in the middle of their busy daily routine. The CONCH (SANKHA) is placed at the altar in temples and homes next to the lord. It is often used to offer devotees thirtha (Sacred water) to raise their minds to the highest Truth.
The value of a CONCH (SANKHA) thus unquestionable!!!!