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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[1] with a metallic head. Some deities like Balarāma[2] are shown with the musala in one of the hands, as a weapon.



  1. It's scientific name is Acacia catechu.
  2. Balarāma was the elder brother of Kṛṣṇa.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore