Raktagandhaka, Rakta-gandhaka: 6 definitions



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Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

[«previous next»] — Raktagandhaka in Rasashastra glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

Raktagandhaka (रक्तगन्धक, “red 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 red color and is used for the Rasabandhana process.

Source: Indian Journal of History of Science: Rasaprakāśa-sudhākara, chapter 6

Raktagandhaka is a variety of Gandhaka (“Sulphur”).—Raktagandhaka looks red like lākṣārasa (melted lac), the same is called Śukatuṇḍa. It gives colours to the metals and also makes rasabandhana (solidification of mercury).

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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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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Raktagandhaka in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Raktagandhaka (रक्तगन्धक).—myrrh.

Derivable forms: raktagandhakam (रक्तगन्धकम्).

Raktagandhaka is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms rakta and gandhaka (गन्धक).

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

Raktagandhaka (रक्तगन्धक):—[=rakta-gandhaka] [from rakta > raj] n. myrrh, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

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Raktagandhaka in German

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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 (even English!). 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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