The Makara conch is part of the three creatures of victory. It is born from the union of a snail and a Makara. This creature is considered as a guardian, and it is used as a means of protection in sacred spaces such as temple entries. The Makara is also sometimes referred to as the water-monster.
The Three Victorious Creatures of Harmony refers to the Garuda lion, fish-otter and makara conch. These were mainly used a sign of victory. It is said that these creatures are formed by the union of animals that are traditionally hostile to each other (i.e. predator-prey).