Spiritual and Health Benefits of Blowing Shankh – Shankh or Conch Shells are famous in India and deemed necessary in every Indian Puja or religious ritual. Puja has been called incomplete without blowing off the Shankh or conch shell. Our ancient yogis have used it for centuries and are advised to blow Shankh in every Indian ritual in temples or at Home. It has been said that The shankh appeared first at the time of Ocean Churning (Samudra Manthan), and Lord Vishnu used it as a weapon. It has also been said that at the time of Mahabharata, Shri Krishna had blown shankh to start the battle of Mahabharat.
Conch shell is a wonder of nature found in the depths of the oceans and is the natural armor of snails to save them from predators. As they grow, they cast away the shells. More giant snails have different types of shells, having points at both ends. It is also a widespread belief that when you keep the Conch shell near your ear, you can listen to the sounds of the ocean. This is caused by its cavity, which resonates with sounds from its surroundings and forms a noise. Many believe this is the sound of the “OM” religious syllable of Hindus.
The sweet sound fills its surroundings with positivity and cheerfulness. That’s also one reason behind blowing Shankh in every Indian festival. However, there are various health benefits of blowing Shankh, which we will discuss in this article.
Health Benefits of Blowing Shankh (Conch Shell)
One of the best health benefits of blowing Shankh is that it focuses on the various body muscles, such as the diaphragm, neck, chest, bladder, and urinary tract, so it is one of the best exercises for our muscles. As you start to blow Shankh, the muscles of your lungs start getting expanded, which improves their aerial capacity. Thus, one of the benefits of blowing Shankh is that it strengthens the vocal cords and thyroid glands.
It has also been said that children who have problems with stammering or speech impairment. If blowing Shankh properly, then it will help correct their speech. As for blowing the Shankh, you must keep your spine erect for a smoother airflow. Thus, regular Conch shell blows will also help improve your body posture.
Not to forget that science has also taken the health benefits of blowing Shankh as positive as they have invented the Spirometer, a handheld device suggested to patients recovering from surgery or protracted illness as it helps expand their lungs. Patients are asked to breathe slowly and deeply as much as they can into the device’s mouth, which leads the ball to rise towards the top of the chamber in that device.
The words Shankha in Sanskrit refer to pacifying the inauspicious and impure, and there is no wonder that one of the benefits of blowing Shankha is a sign of auspiciousness that fills our minds with willpower, optimism, and bliss.
The Shankha, having its spiral twists rightwards and also known as Valampuri shank or Dakshninavarti, is the best Shankha of all. And if you believe in vastu shastra, then as per vastu shastra, you should place the shank on the right side of your puja room, and it should be placed in such a way that its mouth or open part should face upward, and the break is on the side of the worshipers. Lastly, the best Shankha is said to be found in the Rameswaram in south India.