Arghya Paatram

arghya paatram. It is a chalice to make libation to gods or saints, of rice, flowers, etc., with water, or of water only, Arghya, a small boat-shaped vessel symbolizes yoni.[42] The resemblance of the sankha (conch) to the vulva is associated with fertility. Water filled white conch shell, placed on a tripod becomes an independent cult object. http://www.boloji.com/history/041.htm