Rasa Jala Nidhi, vol 3: Metals, Gems and other substances

by Bhudeb Mookerjee | 1938 | 47,185 words | ISBN-10: 8170305829 | ISBN-13: 9788170305828

This third volume of the Rasa-jala-nidhi deals with purification techniques of the Seven Metals (sapta-dhatu) and various Gems (ratna). It also deals with substances such as Alkalis (kshara), Salts (lavana), Poisions (visha) and Semi-poisions (upavisha) as well as various alcholic liquors. The Rasa-jala-nidhi (“the ocean of Iatrochemistry, or, che...

Part 19 - Incineration of mandura

First process.

Mandura is to be heated by means of charcoal prepared from bibhitaki wood, and then immersed in cow’s urine contained in a pot made of the same wood. It is then to be powdered very fine and roasted with double its quantity of decoction of triphala (by being boiled in a cauldron over fire).

Second process.

A decoction of triphala is to be prepared by boiling it with cow’s urine, Mandura, heated red hot, is to be immersed in this liquid. Repetition of this process leads to the incineration of the mandura.

Third process.

Mandura is to be powdered very fine and then roasted with eight times its weight of cow’s urine. When sufficiently roasted, it is to be powdered again and used where necessary.


Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Incineration of mandura’ included in Bhudeb Mookerjee Rasa Jala Nidhi, vol 3: Initiation, Mercury and Laboratory. The text includes treatments, recipes and remedies and is categorised as Rasa Shastra: an important branch of Ayurveda that specialises in medicinal/ herbal chemistry, alchemy and mineralogy, for the purpose of prolonging and preserving life.

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