The Dakshinavarti Shankh is one of the rarest of conch shells. It is associated with the Goddess Lakshmi, and is commonly seen in almost every visual depiction of Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi, who hold it in one of their hands. The conch shell is considered highly sacred for its property of twisting rightwards, thus pointing southwards and leading to the name Dakshinavarti Shankh.
True Dakshinavarti Shankhs are very rare: there are a lot of imitations in the present market – shells which have been created by other species. The Dakshinavarti Shankh is also commonly known as the Lakshmi Shankh, and has been revered in Indian tradition as possessing a lot of rare mystic and beneficial properties. The Dakshinavarti Shankh is signified as signalling towards a lot of prosperity, and is also supposed to be loved by Kubera, the Hindu Gold of wealth.