The 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. Shankh is signified as signalling towards a lot of prosperity, and is also supposed to be loved by Kubera, the Hindu Gold of wealth. The whiteness of the Lakshmi Shankh is also of special value. The snail species from which the conch comes from, Turbinella pyrum, is found in the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. Conches, when found from the sea are initially in a dirty green hue covering. X-ray study can identify it from other similar conch shells which aren't the Dakshinavarti Shankh.The Dakshinavarti Shankh twists towards the right, compared to the much more common Vamavarti shell.