"The conches sounded again"

Hindu priest blowing conch
Creative Commons AttributionHindu priest blowing conch - Credit: Claude Renault
Conch is the name given to a number of species of sea snails, though it often refers just to the shell.  By cutting a hole in the shell and blowing into it, it can be used as a wind instrument. 

In Hinduism, the conch is historically an important part of religious ceremonies.