Patanayantra, Pātanayantra, Patana-yantra: 1 definition



Patanayantra 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.

In Hinduism

Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

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Source: CBSE: Chemistry in India

Pātanayantra (पातनयन्त्र).—A type of specialized instrument used in an alchemical laboratory (rasaśāla).—The pātana-yantra, for sublimation or distillation; it could be upward, downward or sideways; the second was the ādhana-yantra, in which a paste of mercury was coated at the bottom of the upper vessel, allo wing vapours to descend into the lower vessel and combine with substances kept there.

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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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