Vaikranta, Vaikrānta: 8 definitions
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Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra
Vaikrānta (वैक्रान्त, “turmaline, manganese ore”):—One of the eight mahārasa (‘superior minerals’), according to the Rasaprakāśasudhākara: a 13th century Sanskrit book on Indian alchemy, or, Rasaśāstra.Source: archive.org: Rasa-Jala-Nidhi: Or Ocean of indian chemistry and alchemy
Vaikrānta (वैक्रान्त) refers to “corundum”. (see the Rasajalanidhi by Bhudeb Mookerji volume 3)Source: Indian Journal of History of Science: Rasaprakāśa-sudhākara, chapter 4-5
Vaikrānta (‘Turmaline’):—That which has eight edges, eight facets, six angles, smooth surface, heavy weight and possesses pure or mixed colours. Such mineral is known as Vaikrānta.
As per colour it is said to be of eight types viz.
- spotted with different colour spots,
- and miśra-varṇa.
In this way it is of eight types.
Its Pharmaco-Therapeutic Properties are claimed as tridoṣaghna, vṛṣya (aphrodisiac), āyuprada (prolongslife span), prāna-prada (life saving), vegaprada (movement promotor), vīryakartā (imporves semon in quality and quantity), improves intelligence and complexion. It is considered best amongst all the rasayanas, destroys diseases and is similar to diamond in properties. It also helps in rasabandhana (solidification of mercury).Source: Ancient Science of Life: Critical Review of Rasaratna Samuccaya
Vaikrānta (वैक्रान्त) refers to “tourmaline”, and mentioned in the Rasaratnasamuccaya: a 13th century C.E. alchemical treatise, authored by Vāgbhaṭa, is a useful compilation related to preparation and properties of drugs of mineral and metallic origin.—In different sections, the author has mentioned four drugs viz. Svarṇamākṣika (copper pyrite), Manaḥshilā (realgar), Vaikrānta (tourmaline) and Kānta Lauha (cast iron) as best rejuvenators among all other drugs.
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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Marathi-English dictionarySource: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
vaikrānta (वैक्रांत).—n S A gem, said to resemble a diamond or to be a burnt diamond.
Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.
Sanskrit-English dictionarySource: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Vaikrānta (वैक्रान्त).—A kind of gem.
Derivable forms: vaikrāntam (वैक्रान्तम्).Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
(-ntaṃ) A kind of gem, said to resemble a diamond, and to be of similar properties; it is also considered to be a burnt diamond, and to be the common load-stone or magnet. E. vikrānta a warrior, aṇ aff.
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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Rasa Jala Nidhi, vol 3: Metals, Gems and other substances (by Bhudeb Mookerjee)
Part 4 - Incineration of Vaikranta < [Chapter XX - Gems (8): Vaikranta (garnet)]
Part 1 - Characteristics of Garnet (vaikranta) < [Chapter XX - Gems (8): Vaikranta (garnet)]
Part 3 - Purification of Vaikranta < [Chapter XX - Gems (8): Vaikranta (garnet)]
Rasa Jala Nidhi, vol 4: Iatrochemistry (by Bhudeb Mookerjee)
Part 83 - Vijaya-parpati < [Chapter III - Jvaratisara fever with diarrhoea]
Part 78 - Sutendra parpati < [Chapter III - Jvaratisara fever with diarrhoea]
Treatment for fever (157): Panchanana rasa < [Chapter II - Fever (jvara)]
Rasa Jala Nidhi, vol 2: Minerals (uparasa) (by Bhudeb Mookerjee)
Part 5 - Use of the essence of Bimala < [Chapter III - Uparasa (3): Bimala or Vimala (pyrites with red tints)]
Part 3 - Incineration of shilajatu < [Chapter IV - Uparasa (4): Shilajatu or Shilajit (bitumen)]
Rasa Jala Nidhi, vol 5: Treatment of various afflictions (by Bhudeb Mookerjee)