Krishnagandhaka, Kṛṣṇagandhaka, Krishna-gandhaka: 2 definitions
Krishnagandhaka 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 Kṛṣṇagandhaka can be transliterated into English as Krsnagandhaka or Krishnagandhaka, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra
Kṛṣṇagandhaka (कृष्णगन्धक, “black sulphur”):—One of the four varieties of Gandhaka (‘sulphur’), which is part of the uparasa group of eight minerals, according to the Rasaprakāśasudhākara: a 13th century Sanskrit book on Indian alchemy, or, Rasaśāstra. It has a black color and can be used to make the body strong, beautiful and free from diseases.Source: Indian Journal of History of Science: Rasaprakāśa-sudhākara, chapter 6
Kṛṣṇagandhaka is a variety of Gandhaka (“Sulphur”).—The black coloured sulphur is claimed durlabha (very rare to get). If available it can destroy/prevent jarā (senile changes) and upamṛtya (untimely death). On using it internally it makes the body as strong as vajra (a weapon of Indra) and the body becomes very beautiful and free from all types of diseases.
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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