By Swami Harshananda
Kūrca, a Seat
Kuśa grass 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. 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 are kept on it when not in use.
- Scientific name of Kuśa grass is Poa cynosuroides.
- Scientific name of Vāraṇa wood is Crataeva roxburghii.
- Śrucas are the sacrificial ladles.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore