From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

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