Vahnimitra, Vahni-mitra: 4 definitions

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Vahnimitra 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)

Source: Indian Journal of History of Science, 31(4), 1996: Mūṣāvijñāna

Vahnimitra (वह्निमित्र) refers to “friend of fire, i.e. one which stands fire” and is a synonym for mūṣā (crucible): used for smelting metals.—According to the Rasaratnasamuccaya 10.2 a mūṣā is one which destroys faults in metals. The word mūṣā has its origin in the process of purification of metals to which it is primarily employed.

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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

Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Vahnimitra (वह्निमित्र).—air, wind.

Derivable forms: vahnimitraḥ (वह्निमित्रः).

Vahnimitra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms vahni and mitra (मित्र).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Vahnimitra (वह्निमित्र).—m.

(-traḥ) Air, wind. E. vahni fire, and mitra the friend.

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

Vahnimitra (वह्निमित्र):—[=vahni-mitra] [from vahni > vah] m. ‘f°-friend’, air, wind, [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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