Murchana, aka: Mūrchana, Mūrchanā; 8 Definition(s)


Murchana 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.

Alternative spellings of this word include Murchhana.

In Hinduism

Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

Mūrchana (मूर्छन) refers to the process of “swooning”, a specific processes used for rendering mercury fit for internal use. It is used throughout Rasaśāstra literature, such as the Rasaprakāśasudhākara.

Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

Mūrchana (मूर्छन, “swooning”) refers to “swooning or making mercury lose its form” and represents to the third of eighteen alchemical purification processes of mercury (mahārasa, rasendra or pārada). A religio-philosophic base was given to mercury-based alchemy in India. Mercury was looked upon as the essence of God Śiva, and sulphur as that of Goddess Pārvatī.

Mercury had to undergo 18 processes (eg., mūrchana) before it could be used for transforming either metals or the human body. A combination of male and female principles (i.e. mercury and sulphur) forming cinnabar or mercuric sulphide or even of mercury and mica, was supposed to be highly potent and was therefore consumed as a Rasāyana or medicine for increasing body fluids or vitality. The earliest mention of Rasāyana was found in Āyurveda which was probably composed by 8th or 9th century BC, since it was a part of Atharvaveda, the last of the four Vedas.

Source: History of Indian Science Technology (rasashastra)

Mūrchana (swooning).—One of the eight Aṣṭasamskāra, or, processes that render mercury fit for internal use. These Aṣṭasamskāra of pārada (eight detoxification techniques for mercury) are mandatory before mercury is used in the pharmaceutical preparations. In the Mūrchana, mercury mixed with jaggery, rock salt etc. is rubbed for three days in khalva (crucible) and then washed with warm water. In the process of mūrchana mercury is mixed with three myrobalans (triphala), aloe etc. is rubbed for another three days before taking it to utpātana process. In this ensuing process distillation apparatus (tiryakpātana) is used.

Source: Ayurveda and Pharmaceutics (rasashastra)

Mūrchana (मूर्छन):—The third of the eight purification steps of Pārada (mercury), also known as the Aṣṭasaṃskāra.—Take the ingredients numbered [iii] to [vi], dry, powder and pass through sieve number 85. Add ingredient number [ii] and grind with sufficient quantity of water to prepare kalka. Add Pārada to the kalka and triturate for three days. (see the Rasahṛdayatantra 2.6: a 10th-century Sanskrit alchemical treatise by Govinda Bhagavatpāda).


  1. Pārada [Mercury] (1 part),
  2. Gṛhakanyā [Kumārī] (1/16th part of the Leaves),
  3. Harītakī (1/16th part of the Pericarp),
  4. Bibhītaka (1/16th part of the Pericarp),
  5. Āmalakī (1/16th part of the Pericarp),
  6. Citraka (1/16th part of the Roots),
Source: CCRAS: Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia of India, Appendix I
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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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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Mūrchanā (मूर्छना) refers to “modulation” or “melody”: it is a regulated rise or fall of sounds through the grāma (or ‘musical scale’), according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 28. Mūrchanā represents an aspect of musical notes (svara) arising from the vīṇā. These svaras (notes) represent an aspect of ‘musical performance’ (gāndharva), together with tāla (time-measure) and pada (verbal theme). Gāndharva is a combination of vocal music and the music of instruments (ātodya) employed in dramatic performance (nāṭya/ nāṭaka).

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

Mūrchanā (मूर्छना).—The recitation in ascending and in the descending of the seven svaras (musical notes) is called mūrchanā. These are seven in each of the three grāmas (scales). Mūrchanās are twenty-one in all.

The names of twenty-one mūrchanās are:

  1. uttarā,
  2. uttaramandrā,
  3. aśvakrāntā,
  4. sauvirā,
  5. nṛhṛṣyakā,
  6. uttarāyatā,
  7. rañjanī,
  8. hṛṣyakā,
  9. āpyāyinī,
  10. viśvabhṛtā,
  11. cāndrī,
  12. hemā,
  13. kapardinī,
  14. maitrī,
  15. candrāvatī,
  16. priyasandhani,
  17. naṭṭi,
  18. nandī,
  19. viśālā,
  20. sumukhī,
  21. citrāvatī,
Source: Illustrations of Indian Music and Dance in Western Indian Style (natya)

Mūrchanā (मूर्छना, “mode”) are of fourteen kinds in the two Grāmas.

Based on the ṣaḍja-grāma there are seven mūrchanās:

  1. Uttaramandrā,
  2. Rajanī,
  3. Uttarāyatā,
  4. Śuddhaṣaḍjā,
  5. Matsarīkṛta,
  6. Aśvakrāntā,
  7. Abhirudgatā.

The first notes of these are respectively: ṣaḍja, niṣāda, dhaivata, pañcama, madhyama, gāndhāra and ṛṣabha in the ṣaḍja-grāma.

Based on the madhyama-grāma there are seven mūrchanās:

  1. Sauvīrī,
  2. Hariṇāśvā,
  3. Kalopanatā,
  4. Śuddhamadhyā,
  5. Mārgavī,
  6. Pauravī,
  7. Hṛṣyakā.

The first notes of these are respectively madhyama, gāndhāra, ṛṣabha, ṣaḍja, niṣāda, dhaivata and pañcama.

Thus combined in different orders, the notes constitute fourteen mūrchanās of four classes, such as heptatonic (pūrṇa, lit. full), hexatonic (ṣaḍavakṛta), pentatonic (auḍavitīkṛta) and that including the overlapping note (sādhāraṇakṛta).

Source: Natya Shastra
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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Ayurveda (science of life)

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Mūrchanā (मूर्छना).—According to ayurvedic texts, raw oil has to be processed before it is used for the preparation of medicated oil. This processing is known as mūrchanā.

Source: Google Books: Ayurveda Materia Medica
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Āyurveda (आयुर्वेद, ayurveda) is a branch of Indian science dealing with medicine, herbalism, taxology, anatomy, surgery, alchemy and related topics. Traditional practice of Āyurveda in ancient India dates back to at least the first millenium BC. Literature is commonly written in Sanskrit using various poetic metres.

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Priyasandhanimurchanā (प्रियसन्धनिमुर्छना) is another name for priyasandhani: one of the twenty...
Nandīmurchanā (नन्दीमुर्छना) is another name for nandī: one of the twenty-one mūrchanā (melodic...
Sauvirāmurchanā (सौविरामुर्छना) is another name for sauvirā: one of the twenty-one mūrchanā (me...
Uttarāyatāmurchanā (उत्तरायतामुर्छना) is another name for uttarāyatā: one of the twenty-one mūr...
Kapardinīmurchanā (कपर्दिनीमुर्छना) is another name for kapardinī: one of the twenty-one mūrcha...
Candrāvatīmurchanā (चन्द्रावतीमुर्छना) is another name for candrāvatī: one of the twenty-one mū...
Cāndrīmurchanā (चान्द्रीमुर्छना) is another name for cāndrī: one of the twenty-one mūrchanā (me...
Āpyāyinīmurchanā (आप्यायिनीमुर्छना) is another name for āpyāyinī: one of the twenty-one mūrchan...
Uttarāmurchanā (उत्तरामुर्छना) is another name for uttarā: one of the twenty-one mūrchanā (melo...
Viśālāmurchanā (विशालामुर्छना) is another name for viśālā: one of the twenty-one mūrchanā (melo...
Naṭṭimurchanā (नट्टिमुर्छना) is another name for naṭṭi: one of the twenty-one mūrchanā (melodic...
Aśvakrāntāmurchanā (अश्वक्रान्तामुर्छना) is another name for aśvakrāntā: one of the twenty-one ...
Citrāvatīmurchanā (चित्रावतीमुर्छना) is another name for citrāvatī: one of the twenty-one mūrch...
Hemāmurchanā (हेमामुर्छना) is another name for hemā: one of the twenty-one mūrchanā (melodic mo...
Hṛṣyakāmurchanā (हृष्यकामुर्छना) is another name for hṛṣyakā: one of the twenty-one mūrchanā (m...

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