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 - Uparatna (4): Tarkshaja (turquoise—biraja)

(note: this was originally obtained from Turkey. The Persian name peroja is a contraction of Sanskrit, “biraja”. )

Tarkshaja is of two kinds, viz. greenish-black, and ash-coloured green. It is astringent, sweet, and digestive. It removes all sorts of poisons, organic, or inorganic, and is efficacious in colic and troubles due to evil spirits.


Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Uparatna (4): Tarkshaja (turquoise—biraja)’ 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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