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Kusha Grass

Botanical Name Poa cynosuroides Retzius.
Common NameGrass of lucky augury, Dharbai (Tamil), Kusha (Sanskrit)


Throughout India

Religious association

The Kusha grass or Dharbai is considered very sacred by all Hindus and is used in certain religious ceremonies, especially those performed in connection with ancestors. While performing these rituals, Hindu men usually wear rings made of two or five Dharbais, which is known as Pavithram.

It is sacred to the guardians of heaven, especially to Ketu and is considered as Lord Vishnu in the Vishnu Purana.


The grass is used to cure dysentery, urinary disorders and is also used as an antidote. It is a good cattle fodder and sand binder to prevent soil erosion.

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