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July 2018

I am worship (Day 1389)

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I am the lucky one to have been a witness to both the Mahabharata and to the Ramayana and let me share that brothers Lakshmana, Bharata and Shatrughna are incarnations of Sheshnaag, Sudarshana Chakra and the Shankha. Lord Rama, as everyone knows, is one of the ten avatars of Lord Vishnu. Krishna, as the charioteer of Arjuna, blew me at the Kurukshetra battle front in the eighteenth or the nineteenth century.

Goddess Lakshmi was discovered during amritmanthan from the sea, so in that sense she is my soul sister.

I am Panchajanya.

I am Shanku Naga.

I have many forms, many names.

Some know me as the gaumukhi shankha…Some as Ganesha shankha…Some as kauri shankha…moti shankha and some others as heera shankha.

I represent one hundred zillion in number…I am one of the nine treasures of Lord Kuber, the God of wealth. His attendant, Shanknidhi, a corpulent dwarf seated in an easy posture always holds me in his hand.

 

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I am the wind instrument (Day 1388)

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I am Shankara.

I am the wind instrument.

Like the flute, I had to endure pain before I was created. A hole is drilled near the tip of my apex so when air is blown through this hole, it travels through the whorls of the shankha, producing a loud, sharp, shrill sound called Shakhand.

This sound is the reason why I was chosen as a war trumpet, I am loud and clear enough to be heard by the warriors on the battle front, to summon help for the wounded on a barren land far away.

For a long time I only travelled to the battlefield, watched the soldiers bleed and put up a brave fight with their enemies. I am Shankara…I am evident everywhere in the temples…On the pillars, on the temple walls, on the temple gopuras. The city of Puri where Lord Jagannath resides is celebrated and recognised as shankha-kshetra.  I am also connected to Shaligrama, another form of Lord Vishnu.

Shaligrama stones are usually found in the Gandaki River in Nepal are worshipped by Hindus as a representative of Vishnu.

The way to recognise a Shaligrama is it has marks of shankha, chakra, gada, and padma arranged in this particular order and which is why Shaligrama is seen as an avatar of Keshava.

 

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I am legacy (Day 1387)

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I am the forbearer of a legacy. I am blessed and also the cursed.

Blessed because Goddess Lakshmi resides within me and cursed because Radha Rani accuses me of stealing her Kaanha away from her.

The bansuri looks on me as her rival because as long as Kaanha was in Gokula, the flute was forever on his lips or tied onto his waist band.

All of Vrindavan, the gopalas and the gopis are annoyed with me because they feel I have snatched their friend away from them.

How do I explain to them that it is my Lord who comes in search of me and not the other way round? How do I tell them that He dictates the time and the tenure, the exile and the attachment?

In Gokula it was the flute, in Dwarka it is me, the conch and later, after the Yadav yatra it will be the Peepala tree.

 

All of us have our roles to play in his journey and when the time is up, He moves on

 

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I am Shankha (Day 1386)

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I was originally used as a war trumpet. Kings and warriors declared war open blowing my trumpet on the battle field and closed war at sunset with my trumpet again.

I am identified with the deities. Seers believe that I am blown to invoke Lord Shiva and there is a special connection between us which is evident from the similarity in our names.

I am Shankara.

I am associated with Lord Shiva.

I am associated with Lord Vishnu.

I am the abode of Goddess Lakshmi, who is the goddess of wealth and consort of Vishnu and because I emerge from the water, I am also regarded as a symbol of female fertility and associated with serpents.

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