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Sankhakar is a caste belonging to West Bengal, involved in the making of ‘sankhas’ or conch shell bangles. The Sankhakar are categorized as the makers of sankhas and sankha-baniks, traders in the shell product.

It is a custom among the married woman of West Bengal to wear ‘sankhas’ to show their marital status. As per the tradition of this land, a widow should break these bangles while last rites of her husband are performed.

It is a tradition to blow sankhs or conch shells every evening and during festive and religious occasions. These conch shells are some times engraved with designs or scenes from mythologies.

Updated on 20th July, 2015


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