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By Swami Harshananda

Prastara literally means 'that which is strewn.'

In Vedic sacrifices, since the implements used are considered sacred, they should be kept on the vedi[1] in a clean and pure place. Cleanliness is external and physical, purity is more a ceremonial concept.

Before placing the sruk and sruva[2] on the vedi, a small bundle of darbha grass[3] is spread out first. The ladles are then placed on this bundle which is called prastara.


  1. Vedi means platform.
  2. Sruva means offering ladles.
  3. Darbha grass is Poa cynosuroides.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore