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By Swami Harshananda

Kūrca, a Seat

Kuśa grass[1] is widely used in Vedic sacrifices for various purposes. Kūrca is a bundle of this grass generally used as a seat or a sort of a cushion on which the sacrificer and the adhvaryu priest sits.

Kūrca, a Plate

Kūrca is also the name of a small elongated plate made of Kuśa grass or Vāraṇa wood.[2] It is about 36 aṅgulas in length and shaped like a tortoise or a dolphin. It is kept on the west of the āhavanīya fire. The śrucas[3] are kept on it when not in use.


  1. Scientific name of Kuśa grass is Poa cynosuroides.
  2. Scientific name of Vāraṇa wood is Crataeva roxburghii.
  3. Śrucas are the sacrificial ladles.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore