Most of the temples, using of wood doesn’t hold much importance than the artistic touch it possesses. The intricate and artistic carvings in the pillars, brackets, struts, beam frames of the peristyles, window and door frames with the Hindu deities and religious motifs prove this statement. This handmade Asthamangala Sankha has unique designs of wood carvings that help to show the culture and tradition of a country.
But nowadays, woodcraft not only just limited to the beams of temples and palaces. The artisans carve the figure of Buddha, the elements of Buddhism, windows, doors, statues of different Hindu gods and goddesses, tables, artistic clocks and the articles of day to day use. There are three types of craftsmen in the Nepali woodcraft tradition. However, The Designers, The Woodcarvers, Traditionally from the Silpakar family and the carpenters, commonly called sikarmi. But the tradition has also slowly changed as different castes are coming ahead to perform this work.
The designer and woodcarver are often the same people. The wood carving organization, so far, kept as a family business, the ideas transferred to sons from the father. The work of woodcarvers is terming as broad specialization. It belongs to the knowledge concerning iconography and the religious significance of decoration.
The conch is popular as a white shell that consists of good size, spiral, and oval with pointed ends. The right-turning form is rarer than the left turning form, therefore it is considered as more valuable. Among Ashtamangala, the conch stands for the renown of the Buddha’s teaching, which unrolls in all directions like its sound. Thus, the conch has a great religious significance.