Kajjali, Kajjalī: 5 definitions

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Kajjali means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. 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.

In Hinduism

Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

Source: Academia.edu: Ayurveda and Pharmaceutics (rasashastra)

1) Kajjalī and Parpaṭi : Both of them are black sulphide of mercury. The difference between them is the way they are prepared. The preparation of Kajjalī does not involve heating while Parpati is obtained after heating Kajjalī. Parpaṭi is a rasa preparation. Purified mercury and sulphur are thoroughly mixed (triturating) to obtain Kajjalī. Later, prescribed ingredients mentioned in the formula are added one after the other by triturating and kept over fire in the vālukāyantra. Example: Pancāmrita-parpaṭi.

2) Kajjali is made from the amalgamation of sulphur and mercury without adding any other liquid. It’s in the form of very fine black powder.

Source: CCRAS: Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia of India, Appendix I

Kajjalī is the fine black colored powder obtained by triturating Sulphur (Gandhaka) and Mercury (Pārada) without adding any liquid. (see the Rasataraṅgiṇī 2.27, which is a 16th century alchemical century treatise on Rasaśāstra by Bhānudatta).

Source: Ancient Science of Life: Critical Review of Rasaratna Samuccaya

Kajjalī (कज्जली) refers to “black sulphide of mercury”, and mentioned in the Rasaratnasamuccaya: a 13th century C.E. alchemical treatise, authored by Vāgbhaṭa, is a useful compilation related to preparation and properties of drugs of mineral and metallic origin.—Kajjalī means a “black-coloured powder”, but when this word is used in Rasaśāstra, it means black sulphide of mercury prepared from definite proportions of Mercury and Sulphur.

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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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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

kajjalī (कज्जली).—f (S) Sulphuret of mercury, Ӕthiops mineral. 2 Medicaments levigated to an impalpable powder resembling kajjala or lamp-black.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Kajjalī (कज्जली):—[from kajjala] f. Aethiops Mineralis, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

2) [v.s. ...] ink, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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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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