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 4 - Extraction of essence of Rajavarta

Powdered rajavarta, mixed with manas-shila, clarified butter, borax, cow’s milk, cow’s curd, cow’s urine, and cow’s stool, is to be boiled with a sufficient quantity of buffalo’s milk in an iron pot and made into a lump. This is to be heated by means of a fire made of khadira wood, resulting in essence of rajavarta coming out of the lump.

In this way, essences of yellow and red colour respectively, can be obtained from gairika (red ochre) and vimala (red pyrites).


Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Extraction of essence of Rajavarta’ 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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