Garbhamusha, Garbhamūṣā, Garbha-musha: 1 definition



Garbhamusha 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 Garbhamūṣā can be transliterated into English as Garbhamusa or Garbhamusha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

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Source: Indian Journal of History of Science, 31(4), 1996: Mūṣāvijñāna

Garbhamūṣā (गर्भमूषा) refers to a type of mūṣā (crucible) used for smelting metals according to the Gorakṣasaṃhitā 5.172-173. The Garbha-mūṣā is made of earth, having a round mouth and heated using grain-husk. According to the Rasaratnasamuccaya 10.2 a mūṣā is one which destroys faults in metals. The word mūṣā has its origin in the process of purification of metals to which it is primarily employed.

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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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