Brihadvarna, Bṛhadvarṇa, Brihad-varna: 1 definition



Brihadvarna means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

The Sanskrit term Bṛhadvarṇa can be transliterated into English as Brhadvarna or Brihadvarna, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

[«previous next»] — Brihadvarna in Rasashastra glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

Bṛhadvarṇa (बृहद्वर्ण) or Bṛhadbarṇa refers “chalcopyrite” or “copper pyrite” and is a variety of Mākṣika (pyrite). It is a term used in Rasaśāstra literature, such as the 13th-century Rasaratnasamuccaya. Selecting the best quality of bṛhad-varṇa: Its surface should be shiny and radiating with a black tinge. A bronze-looking variety (Kansya) is also acceptable

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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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