Hinduism

Utilities of Darbha: Hindus Rituals

Darbha

or

Kusha

grass is special element in the paraphernalia of Hindu rituals. It is scientifically known as Panic grass and of genus borage species. It can grow up to 2 feet and it appears pointed at the top. There are several references in Hindu books regarding the grass and its utilities. In this article we shall illustrate some of the main utilities of this grass in Hindu way of life.

Darbha Grass in Hindu Rituals

Darbha Rings:

The ring made of kusha grass is wore of the ring finger of the person performing the ritualistic ceremonies. These rings are known as pavitra rings for the puja.

For Purification:

Kusha grass is known to be the purifying object. In Kumbha poojas the grass is used to purify different objects of worship by sprinkling holy waters using the grass. Brahmins put this grass always in their houses and use for any purificatory ritual they perform.

Eclipse:

Kusha grass is put on every eatable in the kitchen to keep away the harmful radiation in the environment during the eclipse. Any food without kusha grass after the eclipse is considered contaminated and thrown away for good.

Kusha Mats:

The mats made of Kusha grass are used to sit while doing meditation. During any yagnas or ceremonies pandits sit on these mats to perform the ritual.

Kushandika:

The sacrificial fire or yagna called Kushandika, these grass are used as sacrifice.

Kusha ropes:

Ropes made of this grass are used to encircle deities to purify them. Bhramacharinis or sacred women are given these ropes for their protection.

Essence and Oil:

This grass is ground up to make several items like essence and oil. The oil is known as Kusha oil which can be used in summers to get cooling effect.

Drinks:

The extract of grass is used to make cool drinks called Sharabhat. These drinks are known for their cooling effect on the body.

There are many more utilities of Kush grass. The word ‘Kushala’ or expert is derived from Kusha grass which infers that usage of Kusha grass makes one expert personality.

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