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Sounding the Conches
Conch shells raised, blasting like trumpets, announcing the commencement of the last ceremony of the month-long festival. The low-pitched, resonating sound of a conch shell (shankha) symbolizes the sacred Om, the primordial sound associated with the creation of the universe. In Hinduism, conch shells are believed to embody the god Vishnu and are a vital part of most religious ceremonies.
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