This wheel of life shankha or conch shell is handmade in Nepal by Newar artist. This is a real and natural conch shell.
- Handmade Tibetan Ritual Item
- Length: 8.5 inches
- Outer Circumference: 12 Inches
- Design: Wheel of life
- Material: Natural conch shell
Wheel of life shankha can be explained in two different terms. 1. Wheel of life 2. Shankha
According to Wikipedia.
Wheel of life on other words bhavachakra (Sanskrit; Pāli: bhavachakra; Tibetan: srid pa’i ‘khor lo) is a symbolic representation of saṃsāra (or cyclic existence). It is found on the outside walls of Tibetan Buddhist temples and monasteries in the Indo-Tibetan region, to help ordinary people understand Buddhist teachings.
In Hindu mythology, the shankha is a sacred emblem of the Hindu preserver god Vishnu. It is still used as a trumpet in Hindu ritual, and in the past was used as a war trumpet. The shankha is praised in Hindu scriptures as a giver of fame, longevity and prosperity, the cleanser of sin and the abode of goddess Lakshmi, who is the goddess of wealth and consort of Vishnu.
The shankha is displayed in Hindu art in association with Vishnu. As a symbol of water, it is associated with female fertility and serpents (Nāgas). The shankha is the state emblem of the Indian state of Kerala and was also the national emblems of the Indian princely state of Travancore, and the Kingdom of Cochin.
A powder made from the shell material is used in ayurveda as a treatment for stomach ailments.