Conch shell for cleansing water is placed in the 7th offering bowl on the shrine together with the kusha grass.
Length – 9 cm, weight – 125 g
Among the eight outer offerings on the shrine the last is the offering of sound or music. In Buddhism conch shell is one of the auspicious symbols, its sound represents all-pervasive melodious sound of Buddha’s teachings, that awakens from the sleep of ignorance. When we use a conch shell as a symbol of the offering of music, it should be placed in the 7th offering bowl vertically. If it is used as a container for the cleansing water, it is placed horizontally.
“According to the Chokling Tersar tradition, we use a conch and kusha grass for cleansing water instead of a vase (Tib. bumpa). In this case conch becomes two-in-one: it symbolizes the offering of music, and also represents the bumpa, a vessel for cleansing water. Kusha grass is used for consecration, to sprinkle the offerings on the shrine, tormas, tsok, sang and sur offerings etc. Some people just sprinkle the cleansing water with their fingertips, but it’s a disrespectful way.” This explanation has been given by Khenpo Gyaltsen from Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling monastery.