OVERVIEW ON AYURVEDA PRAKASHA - A TEXT OF INDIAN ALCHEMY
ROHIT SHARMA, VIRUPAKSHA GUPTA, PRASHANT BEDARKAR,GALIB R, BJ PATGIRI, PK PRAJAPATI.
Ayurveda Prakasha is one of the important ancient texts on ancient Indian Alchemy
written by Shrimad Madhava Upadhyaya in circa 16th-17th century AD. Three commentaries are
available on this text. It is a summarized book along with some of its own important contributions.
Subject matter of the text contains total 1693 verses which are divided into 6 chapters. There is
elaborate description of Dhatuvada (conversion of base metals into noble metals) and Dehavada
(therapeutic usage of metals and minerals) of Mercury (Parada), processing of mercury, its use in
along with description and processing, therapeutic aspects of Minerals, Metals and poisonous
herbs and their conversion into therapeutically useful forms
Key words: Ayurveda Prakasha, Indian Alchemy, Jarana, Parada, Rasa Shastra