Evolution of Yantra and Shastras

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Item Code: UAE919
Publisher: Chowkhamba Krishnadas Academy
Author: Sayantan Chakraborty and Debasis Kundu
Language: English and Sanskrit
Edition: 2021
ISBN: 9788121804684
Pages: 72 (Throughout B/W Illustrations)
Other Details 9.50 X 7.50 inch
Weight 120 gm
Book Description
About the Author
Dr. Sayantan Chakraborty

The author was born in a historical city named Tambralipta (Tamluk), West Bengal in 1987. He completed his higher secondary education from Deulia Hiraram High School in 2004. Then he was graduated from J.B.Roy State Ayurvedic Medical College & Hospital, Kolkata in 2010. Then few years he started practice in Kolkata. Then he had done his post-graduation (M.S in Shalya Tantra) from N.K.J Ayurvedic Medical College & PG Center, Bidar (Karnataka) in 2019.
After completion of the post-graduation he started his teaching carrier from the year 2019 in J.D. Ayurvedic Medical College & Hospital, Aligarh (Uttar Pradesh) as an Assistant Professor. Then he joined as an Assistant professor in Shalya Tantra in Sanskriti Ayurvedic Medical College & Hospital, Mathura (Uttar Pradesh) in 2021.
In his carrier he has presented more than 6 papers in different national and international seminars published more than 8 papers in different scientific journals.
Dr. Debasis Kundu

The author of the book was born in a City of Joy Calcutta, West Bengal on 15th January 1981.His school going activities are performed in first nine years in Bihar, Patna Montessori School, Patna, Bihar, after wards he came to Calcutta and completed his Secondary & Higher Secondary from Serampore Union Institution on 1997 &1999 respectively.
He entered professional education in J B Roy State Ayurvedic Medical College & Hospital, West Bengal in the year 2000 and completed on 2005. After that he started his private practice from urban areas of Hooghly district of west Bengal. He completed M.D. in Shareera Rachana department from N K Jabshetty Ayurvedic Medical College & P.G Centre, Bidar Karnataka., in the year 2017 as a departmental, college & University Topper.
He started his teaching carrier in the year 2017 from Dr Vijay Ayurvedic Medical College Hospital & Research Centre, Varanasi, U.P.as an Assistant Professor and J. D. Ayurvedic Medical College and Hospital, Aligarh, U.P. Now he is working at Dhavantari Ayurvedic Medical College, Bareilly U.P. In this time period he presented more than 25 papers in different National and International seminars, published more than 20 articles, dedicated himself as a different Guest Speaker & Resource Person. Now he is studying PhD from Tantia University, Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan. His first book is published in the year 2020 named as "ESSENCE OF MARMA". He has tried to present his experiences in the form of the book on Yantra and Sastra.

About The Book

In present era the modern surgical techniques as well as the instruments are getting advanced; new varieties of instruments are designed differently. But the fundamental mechanics and design of the instruments and techniques are tensed to same as before. (From the Stone Age different types of machineries are created by the Homo sapiens.) Our ancient Acharyas gives so many descriptions about instruments by which they can perform the eight different fundamental surgical techniques. Then in this modern civilization that instruments are improvised and newer derivative instruments are created. For ayurvedic student it is very difficult to identify these modernised instrument by Ayurvedic point of view.
In this book the author tried to reduce the exhaustion of searching and correlating the surgical instruments mentioned in Ayurveda with the modern science. Every instrument is correlated on the basis of design and on the purpose of use. Every heading of the instruments are describing the length, uses, correlations and descriptions mentioned in Samhitas. The description of the instruments mentioned in the Sushruta samhita, Astanga hridaya, Astanga samgraha, Charaka samhita and other Ayurvedic commentary like Dalhana teeka, Chakrapani teeka are described and the correlations are made. Some descriptions are given as per description mentioned in the ayurvedic texts and on the basis of imagination.
Lastly some instruments which are commonly used in different branches of medical sciences are given with ayurvedic correlations; that gives a clear cut idea about the yantra and shastras.
Overall the history, present and future of the surgical instruments are discussed in this book. There is no doubt that this book will be very much useful for Ayurvedic students to get ideas about modern surgical instruments and Ayurvedic yantra and shastras.


Ancient India is the sea of knowledge. Our accentors used to develop the science as well as the literature by their repeated research and repeated cultivation of knowledge. Gradually they built world's most biggest civilization at the sore of holy Ganges and the banks of the Himalaya. The history and the literature are stolen by the cruel nature and lost in the wheel of time; time passes, civilizations are built and ruined one by one. But the wisdoms left their foot-print in the golden pages of Samhitas.
The Samhitas beautifully describes the society, culture, warfare, religious thoughts, cultivation, food habit, astrology, echonomics, measurement techniques, medical science[rogi (patient), roga (disease), surgical procedures, surgical instrument etc]. The medical science is mainly described in Atharva Veda. Ayurveda is a branch of Atharva Veda.
Later different acharyas creates various samhitas which are simple, acceptable as per the time and enriched with more developed and innovative thoughts than previous. Shalya Tantra is a branch of Astanga Ayurveda, in which the knowledge of different surgical techniques are described. Acharya Sushruta is called the father of Shalya Tantra (surgery); he was the follower of Lord Dhanvantari. Acharya Sushruta creates Sushruta samhita' which contains 6300 slokas and various surgical techniques.
Then Acharya Vagbhata in his Astanga Samgraha and Astanga Hridaya describes various surgical techniques elaborately which are more acceptable according to time. Later Chakrapani datta, Dalhana, Harita etc Acharyas describes and clarify various techniques mentioned by ancient Acharyas.

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