Sun God Surya is being nicely carved in the brass conch. There are also some nice floral carvings. Sun is the source of all our primary energy. He is one of the five deities considered as equivalent aspects and means to realizing Brahman in the Smarta tradition. In the Brahmanas, Surya appears with Agni (fire god) in the same hymns. Surya is revered for the day, while Agni for its role during the night. Conch is an essential part for beginning any religious ceremony. The priest plays it at the beginning and also at the end of the ritual.