Vartaloha, aka: Varta-loha; 3 Definition(s)

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Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)

Vartaloha (वर्तलोह) is the name for a variation of ‘metal’ (dhātu/loha) from the sub-group named Miśraloha, according to the Rasaprakāśasudhākara: a 13th century Sanskrit book on Indian alchemy, or, Rasaśāstra. It is also known as viḍaloha.

Vartaloha is an alloy made of four metals:

  1. loha or aśmasāra (‘iron’),
  2. kāṃsya (‘bell-metal’),
  3. tāmra or arka (‘copper’),
  4. pittala or ṛti (‘brass’).
Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra

Vartaloha (‘alloy of four metals’) can be prepared by mixing loha (iron) kāṃsya (bell-metal) arka (copper) and ṛti (brass). The scholars also call it as viḍaloha. It pacifies kapha and pittadoṣa, amla in rasa, rucikara and kṛmihara in karmas, destroys netra-rogas and gala-rogas. Everything put in this pot becomes pathya (acceptable to the body) except kṣara and amla-padārthas. These materials if put in this vessel prove best sarvadoṣahara, agni-dīptikara (stimulant to digestive fire) and pācana (digestion promotor).

Source: Indian Journal of History of Science: Rasaprakāśa-sudhākara, chapter 4-5
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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-English dictionary

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Vartaloha (वर्तलोह).—bell-metal, a kind of brass.

Derivable forms: vartaloham (वर्तलोहम्).

Vartaloha is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms varta and loha (लोह). See also (synonyms): vartatīkṣṇa.

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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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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