Agnijara, aka: Agnijāra; 3 Definition(s)


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Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

Agnijāra (अग्निजार):—Sanskrit name for one of the drugs belonging to the Sādhāraṇarasa group, according to the Rasaprakāśasudhākara: a 13th century Sanskrit book on Indian alchemy, or, Rasaśāstra and other similar texts. According to some, Agnijāra is understood to mean the sun-dried external covering of a crocodile, while according to others, it refers to the dried mouth froth of a crocodile washed ashore by sea waves. Agnijāra has various medicinal and alchemical applications, such as improving the potency oof mercury.

Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

Ambara (Agnijāra) is an external covering of āgninakra (a species of crocodile) and taken to the sea shore by the sea waves and got dried there by sunrays. According to other it is a dried mouth froth of a crocodile taken to sea shore by sea waves.

It pacifys all the three doṣaprakopa, acts as grāhī and a drug of choice for dhanurvāta (tatanus). It improves the potency of mercury and acts as the best jāraṇa drug for rasagrāsa.

Source: Indian Journal of History of Science: Rasaprakāśa-sudhākara, chapter 6
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Rasashastra (रसशास्त्र, rasaśāstra) is an important branch of Ayurveda, specialising in chemical interactions with herbs, metals and minerals. Some texts combine yogic and tantric practices with various alchemical operations. The ultimate goal of Rasashastra is not only to preserve and prolong life, but also to bestow wealth upon humankind.

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Agnijāra (अग्निजार).—m.

(-raḥ) A medicinal plant. See agnija .

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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