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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Dharbam Grass.The value of Dharbbai and why and how it is used

About our rituals : An very interesting article on Dharbhe
 from  Raja Raman s mail..
 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 or inauspicious, 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 Practitioner.

A Doctor named Sadhashiv Rao, once visited my home.When the topic turned to many subjects, I needed to tell him about the Holy Grass named Dharbham. 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 verses, one needs to wear a ring made of dharbham  on his right hand ring finger.  
The count of leaves depends upon the ceremony that is held viz.:  
for some ceremonies 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 verses,  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 ceremony or 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 of   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".


  1. wonderful article mam !
    lord rama also laid on a mat made of dharbai grass to get rid of brahmahathi dhosham after killing ravana. read this sumwhere.

  2. Not only this the term grass widow comes from the term as Ram and Sita though were together did not sleep together, they slept on Darbai, hence those who are away from their spouses are called as grass widow!

    Recently I read this also that if a person does not get sleep at night, by placing the darbai underneath the pillow helps in getting a good sleep.