Lord Shiva Divinity
Like most mollusk species, the marine snails also have a protective shell covering, called the "conch shell". Did you ever notice that even India's map is designed in the shape of a conch shell? Also, conch shells are revered and used for divine purposes in India!
In the long and luminous spiritual tradition of India, the role of conch shells is incredibly significant, but this is hardly revealed to the outer world. These are a divine gift and a treasure to mankind, which preserve the bhakti bhava (a prayerful attitude) of mankind. They are also known to promote, preserve your truth and integrity. Therefore, these shells are used incredibly over centuries, to obtain secretive material and spiritual blessings. This is a closely guarded spiritual secret known only to the discerning few.
Why conch shells?
The spiritual science behind this special abishekam is that, all the sacred sounds including the greatest mantra, 'Om', the sound that reverberated and helped creating this entire universe, is present in the Conch Shell! They are used in pious places like temples and altars to ensure purity, divinity and prosperity of that particular place.
Vedas state that the "Banker in Heaven"; Lord Kubera himself, lives in the Conch Shell along with Goddess Mahalakshmi. You will be amazed to know that worshiping the conch shell which is threaded on its right hand side; "the valam puri sanku", blesses you with material comforts!
The ancient Siddhas have stated that conch shells are an essence of divinity. Just as we use lamps to worship, the underwater beings perform prayers during this ritual! The celestial beings that are associated with the conch shells help light lamps under the water, for the benefit of sea beings. Though to our intellect, it might look absurd, it is true as per the Siddhas.
Pradosham and Conch Shells:
Dattatreya Siva Baba introduces to you, a special form of Lord Shiva, known as 'Shanka Taranyar'. This form of Lord Shiva helps remove negative vibrations, ensures longevity of partners, and removes any obstacles in both material and spiritual endeavors. The conch shell abishekam ritual to this form of Lord Shiva during Pradoshams is considered special.
The Pradosham falling on Aug 3rd (Monday) is called Soma Pradosham. The Pradoshams falling on Monday and Saturday are considered an incredibly beneficial time period, to remove stubborn Karmas. When the pooja and abishekam to Lord Shiva and Nandi is performed with 108 Conch Shells, it provides miraculous benefits!