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Click hear to listen to the dung-dkar.
The a beautiful Tibetan conch trumpet used in Tantric Buddhism and is considered to be a sacred instrument that is used
"to appeal or call all the happiness and offer sound offerings to the deities. In addition, it is explained as to remove people's mental anguish, which assembled in monasteries." Click here for reference.
Right turning dung-dkar are not only more rare (mines a left-turning one) but are also considered even more sacred.
My dung-dkar was absolutely filthy when I bought it - I spent a very long time cleaning it out. It is; however, still a very beautiful instrument that is decorated with silver (I'm sure it must be a very high-grade silver as it tarnishes VERY easily) and also contains inlaid turquoise.