I've heard that it is mentioned that Lakshmi doesn't reside in homes/leaves that home were women or shudra blows conch, it is mentioned in Brahm-vaivarta puran, prakriti khand, adhyaya 20, shloka 21 or 31, something.

Is it really true?


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There's a niṣedha on the blowing of śaṅkha by strī in Devī Bhāgavata Purāṇa & Brahmavaivarta Purāṇa. The relevant ślokas are as follows -

strīṇāṁ ca śaṅkhadhvanibhiḥ śūdrāṇāṁ ca viśeṣataḥ //
bhītā ruṣṭā yāti lakṣmīstatsthalādanyadeśataḥ /
~ Devī Bhāgavata Purāṇa (1.23.27b-28a)

strīṇāṁ ca śaṅkhadhvanibhiḥ śūdrāṇām ca viśeṣataḥ /
bhītā ruṣṭā yāti lakṣmīḥ sthalamanyatsthalāttatāḥ //
~ Brahmavaivarta Purāṇa (2.20.30)

Both the ślokas are same, with a slight difference in the last term, that doesn't change the meaning. The gist of the śloka is - upon the blowing of śaṅkha by strī and śūdra, Devī Lakṣmī gets bhīta and ruṣṭa, and leaves that sthāna, going elsewhere.
I am not able to find any Sanskrit comm. on Brahmavaivarta Purāṇa.
In his comm. on Devī Bhāgavata Purāṇa(1.23.27b), Nīlakaṇṭha says -

strīnāṁ ceti // strīśūdraiḥ śaṅkhadhvanirnakartavya ityarthaḥ //

Here, Nīlakaṇṭha states nothing more than just that strī and śūdra should not blow śaṅkha, as per the śloka. Due to being unable to find further commentaries and mentions of this niṣedha, I am unable to list any śāstrīya specifications regarding the niṣedha. For e.g. specifications like blowing śaṅkha is niṣiddha for gṛhiṇīs and/or strīs during their menses, but not for saṁnyāsinīs. But there is no need to doubt the prāmāṇya of the śāstrīya niṣedha.

  • In Bengal, this prohibition is meant to be observed while worshipping Lakshmi as the primary deity only, for She is described to be fond of silence. Raghunandana states that no instrument, even the bell, shouldn't be rung while worshipping Lakshmi, but this practice isn't seen elsewhere.
    – অনু
    Feb 19 at 2:50
  • @অনু May I know who is Raghunandana? And are you referring to a śāstra or just the followed practice? In Bengal anyway, a lot of things are done, which are clearly niṣiddha, as per śāstras. For e.g. Brāhmaṇas doing matsyabhakṣaṇa, which is clearly pāpakarman on their part, unless that is prasāda of some śāstra-vihita bali (such as in a śrauta somayajña). Thanks🙏
    – Bingming
    Feb 19 at 2:51
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    @Raghunandana Bhattacharya was a celebrated 15th century Bengali smrti-nibandhakara. To know about nidbandhas & nibandhakaras, read History of Dharmashastra Vol 1 (both parts) by Bharataratna Mahamahopadhyaya P. V. Kane.
    – অনু
    Feb 19 at 3:20
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    Raghunandana's magnum opus Smrtitattva is written In Sanskrit & has been printed in both Eastern Nagari (Bengali - Assamese) & Devanagari scripts. Here are the links to Devanagari versions. archive.org/details/… archive.org/details/…
    – অনু
    Feb 19 at 3:38
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    Regarding your original query, custom/deshachara has a complementary authority with shastras in real life scenarios, so it can't be ignored. Smritis too recognize the authority of deshachara.
    – অনু
    Feb 19 at 3:42

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