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Why Do We Hindus Use Darbha Grass During Chandra Grahan And Surya Grahanam?

When there is a solar eclipse or lunar eclipse several Hindu communities keep Darba Grass on food items at home. There is a popular belief among some Hindus that food items become unusable after Chandra Grahan and Surya Grahanam. To avoid such damage and pollution of food during eclipse or grahan some Hindu communities keep Darbha on such items.

The grass is known as Darbai in Tamil, Dabh in Hindi and Kusha in Sanskrit. It is known as cotton wool grass in English.

Darbha Grass is used in all important Hindu pujas and it is believed that the Darba grass appeared on earth from the body of Varaha, the boar incarnation of Lord Vishnu. There is also a belief that Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva are present in Darbha grass and so Darba remains unaffected during Grahan.

Darbha Grass is placed on top of milk, curd and other milk products, vegetables and fruits during an eclipse.