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 5 - Lavana (5): Romaka (sambar-salt)

In the province of Jayapura (in Rajputana), there is a salt-water lake, named Shakambhara, now called Sambar. Its water is as saline as sea-water. The salt, produced from the water of this lake, is called “romaka”. In ancient times, a river named “Romavati” (now extinct) flowed from this lake. The salt which was produced from the water of this river was also called ‘romaka’ salt. In the vicinity of this lake, there was, in ancient times, a famous town, called ‘Roma’. It was perhaps located somewhere near the modem town of Jaypore (built by king Jaysinha), There is another town in the neighbourhood, named Ambar, which is a corrupted form of Sam bar (the modern name of the lake).

Its properties.

Romaka or sambara salt is bitter, pungent, and saline. It is acrid, warm, light, digestive, and laxative. It gives rise to pitta, inflammation, and waste. It helps the emission of phlegm (through nostrils and eyes). It is capable of passing even through the finest and minutest passages of the system, and is a pacifier of vayu.

Conclusion:

Rasasastra category This concludes ‘Romaka (sambar-salt)’ included in Bhudeb Mookerjee’s Rasa Jala Nidhi, vol 3: Metals, Gems and other substances. 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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