InHindu mythology, the shankha is a sacredemblemof the Hindu preserver godVishnu. It is still used as atrumpetin Hindu ritual, and in the past was used as a war trumpet. The shankha is praised in Hindu scriptures as a giver of fame, longevity and prosperity, the cleanser of sin and the abode of goddessLakshmi, who is the goddess of wealth and consort ofVishnu.
The shankha is displayed inHindu artin association with Vishnu. As a symbol of water, it is associated with female fertility and serpents (Nāgas). The shankha is the state emblem of the Indian state ofKeralaand was also the national emblems of the Indianprincely stateofTravancore, and theKingdom of Cochin
In Buddhism. Groupings of eight auspicious symbols were originally used in India at ceremonies such as an investiture or coronation of a king. An early grouping of symbols included: throne, swastika, handprint, hooked knot, vase of jewels, water libation flask, pair of fishes, lidded bowl.304