Conch Shell – used in Indian Hindu ceremonies

Conch Shell - used in Indian Hindu ceremonies

A conch shell or Turbinella Pyrum, is used in Hindu religious ceremonies in India; with the top of the spiral cut off, it can be blown like a trumpet. It is believed to be able to drive away evil spirits. In ancient India it was also used by warriors to announce a battle. It was also used as an official symbol in the Pre Republic South Indian kingdom of Travancore. This one has a design engraved on it with the top of the spiral cut off; shells like these are often sold to tourists as souvenirs. Photo shot in studio environment with the shell placed on a rich rosewood table; horizontal format. Copy space.

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