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However, the real Lakshmi Shank has 3 to 7 ridges or plaits on its columella, whereas whelk shells does not show the presence of such plaits on its columella.
The so-called "flower-bud opening test", and the "rice pulling test" (Valampuri said to rise up through a rice heap) are non scientific.
However, this type of Valampuri is very rare in its occurrence and is much expensive as compared to other types.
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In South India, people trust only the Rameshwaram type of Valampuries, and do not trust other varieties from West Coast and Bay of Bengal, though these are also the true Valampuries.
In South India, people specifically worship 'Gauri Valampuri'.
The genuine Lakshmi Shank is a sinistral conch shell from the Indian Ocean, and certainly not a (superficially similar) Sinistral Whelk (Lightning Whelk) species from Florida, USA.