By Swami Harshananda
Barhis literally means ‘that which is plucked up’, ‘sacrificial grass’.
Vedic sacrifices involve a lot of details to be looked into while organizing their performance. One such is the spreading of the kuśa grass in the sacrificial shed and more so on the vedi (sacrificial platform) upon which the sacrificial vessels and oblations are kept.
The seat of the performers and the place where the gods invited to receive the offerings are expected to be seated, are also situated here. This place thus covered with the kuśa grass, is called ‘barhis’.
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- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore