A mortar and pestle is an ubiquitous object in the kitchens and is used to grind or crush spices while cooking food. It is called by different names in different parts of Haryana. In the Nardka, Khadar and Bagad regions, the pestle is called danda and the mortar is called kunda. This danda was made of turned wood and the kunda was made of stone.


  • Title: Danda kunda (Mortar & Pestle)
  • Location: Kandela, Jind, Haryana
  • Type: Vastu (Object)
  • Contributor: Mansi S Rao, Rishav Jain, Ben Cartwright and Radha Devpura
  • Rights: Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre, CEPT University and South Asian Decorative Arts and Crafts Collection (SADACC) Trust
  • Medium: Stone, Wood
  • Wood Craft Technique: Turning
  • Stone Craft Technique: Carving, Dressing
  • Region: Khadar

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