By Swami Harshananda
Musala literally means ‘wooden club’.
In Vedic sacrifices, very often, grains will have to be pounded or dehusked. For this, a musala is used. It is a wooden pestle made of khadira wood with a metallic head. Some deities like Balarāma are shown with the musala in one of the hands, as a weapon.
- It's scientific name is Acacia catechu.
- Balarāma was the elder brother of Kṛṣṇa.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore