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 2 - Uparatna (2): Rudhra (carnelian)

Rudhira (carnelian) is as red as an insect, named indra-gopa (mukmuli), or the mouth of a shuka bird (a kind of parrot). The inner part of this gem is as white as the moon, and the sides have the colour of an indra-nila. It has a pure colour, and it can be given several shapes. It has the weight of a fully grown pilu fruit. This stone, when fully developed, may take the colour of a diamond.

It brings wealth and beauty to its wearer.


Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Uparatna (2): Rudhra (carnelian)’ 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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