From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia
By Swami Harshananda
Musala literally means ‘wooden club’.
In Vedic sacrifices, very often, grains will have to be pounded or dehusked. For this, a musala is used. It is a wooden pestle made of khadira wood with a metallic head. Some deities like Balarāma are shown with the musala in one of the hands, as a weapon.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore