A Giraya is made of steel and used especially for peeling off and cutting across betel-nuts. It is a common household tool in villages and often placed on a Bulaththattuwa (Betel tray). A Giraya is made of steel and an object is placed in between the two sharp blades of the Giraya and a force is applied by hands to intersect it. A Giraya is also used by Ayurvedic doctors to cut across various solid herbs. A lime is cut in half with the use of Giraya in traditional Sri Lankan Shanthi Karma performed to expel evil spirits from one’s body. During ancient times, when a person was afflicted with a contagious disease, a Giraya was tied to his arm for the protection from evil spirits.