Cosmetics, Costumes and Ornaments in Ancient India

by Remadevi. O. | 2009 | 54,177 words

This page relates ‘Use of Karpura’ of the study on cosmetics, costumes and ornaments of ancient India based on Sanskrit sources. Chapter one deals with cosmetics and methods of enhancing beauty; Chapter two deals with costumes, garments and dresses; Chapter three deals with ornaments for humans and animals. Each chapter deals with their respective materials, types, preparation and trade, as prevalent in ancient Indian society.

1.6. Use of Karpūra

Amarakośa (Cinnamomum camphora)[1] lists three synonyms of Karpūra–Ghanasāra, Śitābha and Himavāluka. In addition to these names, Dhanvantarī-nighaṇṭu[2] records eight other names. They are -Śītalaraja, Spaṭika, Tuṣāra, Śaśi, Hima, Candra, Tuhina and Indu. Karpūra is cold in potency and is astringent and sweet in taste. It obstinate the defects caused by poison and is pleasing for eyes. It pacifies thirst and is intoxicating.

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