Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Importance of Darbha grass in TarpaNam.

As the coming posts on "
No Aryan Dravidian Divide - It was one Arya vartha"
are going to concentrate on the commanality between North and
the South India (Tamil nadu in particular which is believed to be Drvaidian land),
with reference to the practice of offering oblations (tarpaNam) to the departed souls (pithrus),
I think it to be fit to post some information on why TarpaNam must be done and
the rationale of doing it.

The article posted here was written by Mr TRS Iyengar.
In the subsequent posts, I will be writing my exposition from different angles.

- jayasree


The Holy Grass known as Dharbham or Dharbai

by TRS Iyengar


This article is on one of the practices widely used by Indian Brahmins all over
using a Holy Grass named Dharbham or Dharbai.
In all functions, auspicious orinauspicious,
a performing person needs to wear a ring made of this Dharbham.
But many have lost the reason of why it is to be used in the first place.

What I learnt from my father is proved to be accurately correct by a Medicine

A Doctor named Sadhashiv Rao, once visited my home.
When thetopic turned to many subjects,
I needed to tell him about the Holy Grass named
When I told him about the usage and the values,
he could not just believe my words.

So, he took out a bunch of the Dharbham from me,
went straight to the clinic to take an x-ray of his palm,
by covering his hand
with the Dharbham.
To his utter surprise,
he found that the grass absorbed
about 60% of the radiation!

When the so powerful X-ray radiation can be absorbed by the Holy Grass,
why can it not absorb the ill radiations spread over the atmosphere?
While chanting
and reciting some Vedic phrases and versus,
one needs to wear a ring made of Dharbham
on his right hand ring finger.

The count of leaves depends upon the function that is held viz.:
for some functions related to death
only Single leafed Dharbham is used;

for Auspicious and daily routine
a ring made of two leaves is used;
for inauspicious but not death related functions,
(i.e. Amavasya Tharppanam,Pithru Pooja etc)
a three leaf Dharbham ring is used.

And for the Temple Prayer and Pooja,
a Four-leaf Dharbham ring is used.

Also, when a fire ritual known as Agni Santana is performed,
these Dharbham are spread all the four sides of the Agni Kundam.
Also, during the Eclipse time,
these Dharbham are used to cover all food items to protect them
from the harmful ultra violet radiation.

Whenever any function is held,
firstly they perform a site-cleansing act known
as “Sudhhi Punyaahavachanam”.
While reciting the selective versus,
they hold
the Dharbham bunch in their hand and
placing the tip point of it over the vessel containing water.

Thus the recited vibration values are absorbed by water in the
vessel through the Dharbham.

They found that the Holy Grass known as Dharbham has the highest value in
conducting the phonetic vibrations through its tip.
Later, they sprinkle the Holy water at every nook and corner of the place,
where the function is held.

A Dharbham without the tip is considered of no value, as the
conductor-type value is lost in it.

My father, Late Shri Ramabathrachariar of Mukkur,
fondly called by everyone
as Sriraman, has given me the immense values of Dharbham and its usage.
With Sanskrit phonetic sound and vibration,
using the Dharbham increases its value.

The usage varies according to the functions.
It is really a marvel, that
in those days of Vedic Era,
the Sages & Saints of Hindu land used to control
the Magnetic path disturbances,
just by simply using this Dharbham!

Apart from the above, Dharbham cannot be planted and grown everywhere.

It only grows naturally at selective places and available almost in every
state in India.
Some learned scholars name it after Saint Vishwaamitra -
hence Dharbham is known and called as Vishwaamitra.
If it is kept for a
longer time, say for more than six months,
then it loses it value and
the power of absorbing the radiation or magnetic path control values.

Dharbham cannot just be plucked straight or cut on any day;
There is a specific Slokha that is to be recited before cutting it;

That too it can
be cut only on the day next to Full Moon - known as Krishna Paksha Pradamai.

A Dharbham without its tip portion is not to be used for making
a Ring like item known as "Pavithram".


Anonymous said...

Instead of giving just name of TRS Iyengar, the source website link would be of very fine. ( )

Jayasree Saranathan said...

Dear godfather_sr,

Yes, I agree with you.

I got this article from a friend via e-mail, as a response to my write-ups on darbhai and its relevance in TarpaNam in a discussion group.

Now that I came to know from you the source of it,I have included it in the post.
Thanks to you.

spatangay said...

I am trying to find out where I can buy the Darbha grass in the United States. Can you please help me? I'd sincerely appreciate it!
Best Regards,

Anonymous said...

இந்த பதிவின் தமிழாக்கம் எனக்கு வேன்டும்.உதவமுடியுமா?

prakash said...


Jayasree Saranathan said...

Thank you Mr Prakash