Vrintakamusha, aka: Vṛntākamūṣā, Vrintaka-musha; 3 Definition(s)
Vrintakamusha 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.
The Sanskrit term Vṛntākamūṣā can be transliterated into English as Vrntakamusa or Vrintakamusha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Rasashastra (chemistry and alchemy)
Vṛntākamūṣā (वृन्ताकमूषा) is a Sanskrit technical term corresponding to “Brinjal Shaped Crucible”. It is commonly used in Rasaśāstra literature (Medicinal Alchemy) such as the Rasaprakāśasudhākara or the Rasaratna-samuccaya. Vṛntākamūṣā is a tool often used in various Āyurvedic recipes and Alchemical preparations.Source: Wisdom Library: Rasa-śāstra
Vṛntakamūṣā (वृन्तकमूषा) refers to a “crucible of the size of an egg-plant” and is a type of mūṣā (crucible) mentioned in the Rasaratnasamuccaya 10.24. A crucible is 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.Source: Indian Journal of History of Science, 31(4), 1996: Mūṣāvijñāna
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.
General definition (in Hinduism)
Vrintaka-crucible:—A crucible of the shape of the brinjal (Solanum melongena) to which is attached a tubular end, expanding towards its mouth like the flower of Datura stramonium, and which is either twelve or eight digits in length, is suitable for the extraction of the essence of calamine and other readily fusible minerals. It is usually of 6” length and 2” breadth, at the top where the flower stem is, there is a 4” tube inserted, called vrintaka-musha (Dash 1986) .Source: AlchemyPottery: Forays into Alchemical Pottery
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