Qualities Of Water Stored In Different Vessels

By Prof. Vd Rangaprasad Bhat.
The water stored in the  vessels prepared from hema (gold), Trapusha (tin), ghosha paatra (brass), tamra (copper), pittala (brass), loha (iron), madhūdumbara (from wood sap of Ficus religiosa) and mud are mentioned to have medicinal properties as could be seen from the following references of the Ayurveda mahodadhi written by Vaidya Sushena. 

Bhajana adhivasa vidhi: adhyaya from Ayurveda Mahodadhu of Sushena:
Ayurveda Mahodadhi, Sushena – Bhaja Adhiavasa Vidhi Adhyaya 1-13

Water in golden vessel:
The water stored in a golden vessel is cold in potency;
Sweet in taste, Madhura Vipaka – sweet taste conversion after digestion.
Tridosha Shamana – balances all the three Doshas.
Veeryakara – improves immunity, fertility and potency
Balakara – improves strength and immunity
Medhakara – improves intelligence
Shubha – auspicious, good.
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Water stored in tin vessel (Trapusa):
Picchila – sticky
Madhura – sweet
Increases Kapha Dosha
Coolant
Increases the bulk of feces and urine.

Water stored in brass metal:
The metal used to prepare bell producing the sound is getting referred as Ghosha Patra – brass.
The water stored in a brass vessel  is
Katu – Pungent in taste and Vipaka.
Guru – heavy
Increases Kapha and Pitta Dosha.
Increases strength and immunity, when used for a longer period of time.  |3|

The stream of water made into contact with hot knife
Causes cold in regions around and above  the nose (ghrāṇopari). When sprinkled over eyes, the thus obtained milk controls the Tridoshas (affecting the eyes). |4|

The water stored in a copper vessel (tāmra bhājana)
Ushna – hot potency
Swadu – sweet
Katu – slightly pungent.
Katu vipaka – undergoes pungent taste conversion after digestion
It increases Pitat and Vata Dosha.
Decreases quantity of feces and flatus. |5|
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A kind of pittala or brass is known as Reetika:
Water boiled in rittikā vessel
Katu – spicy, pungent
Decreases Kapha Dosha.
increases the pitta.
Being hot in potency and kaTu in vipaka,
It may increase meha roga (an urinary disease). |6|

Water in iron vessel:
The water stored in a iron vessel  (lohabhājan-saṃsthaṃ) is spoiled (Dushita) and is unfit for drinking purpose.
Still if consumed, it results in raktapitta, itching and diminished agni. |7|

The water heated or boiled in a iron vessel  (lohabhājan- saṃtaptaṃ) when partaken results in itching and low agni (low digestion) and purges the malas (malānām recane) and cleanses stomach (Amashaya kshalana) |8|

The water heated over the vessel prepared from the wood of udumbara  – Ficus racemosa tree (madhūdumbara-pātreṇa tāpitam) is ideal for the body. It increases the luster of the body and alleviates the pitta too. |9|

The water heated over an earthern vessel
Useful to cleanse out waste products (malas)
Dhatu Samyakara – balances Doshas and body tissues.
Improves Veerya – potency
Bala Ojaskara – improves immunity and strength |10 |
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Comments

  1. Diwakar says:

    Interesting observation… Curious to know about… Water stored in panchaloha vessel.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Though not mentioned in text books, it will be slightly hot in nature. Very slightly increases Pitta, balances Kapha and Vata, useful in cough, cold etc.

  2. ritesh makharia says:

    Sir, hpw about the water stored in plastic bottles ? the one available in market under diffrent brands .. like Aquafina, Bisleri ?

    and how about steel and earthen pots ?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Earthern pot – mud pot – mentioned in the article above, as best.
      Steep pot – somewhat similar to Iron pot.

      Aquafina, Bisleri etc – are good to use once in a while. Harmful for health, if directly exposed to sunlight or used on daily basis.

  3. very helpful article. Where do you get pots made of Udumbara ? I stay in a state where the tree is very popular.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      I have no idea. If the wood is available, then its cups etc can be ordered for preparation locally.

  4. Laird McKillop says:

    what about glass?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Since glass is neutral and its effect cannot be seen on water stored for just a few hours, I would say that its effect on water is neutral.

  5. Karthik says:

    Thanks for the insightful article. A few questions.
    1. Should one not store or heat water with stainless steel vessels?
    2. What about cooking rice, dal and sabji? Should one switch over to mud pot for that too?
    Please advise…

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, as per Ayurveda, mud pot is the best one to store and to cook as well. Stainless steel is okay to use, if there is no option for mud pot / mud vessel.

  6. P Nagendra Rao says:

    What about silver vessel? Silver tumblers and plates for food are quite commonly used.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Silver / Rajata Bhasma is Natural coolant, useful in stress, anxiety, neuro muscular stimulant,memory enhancer. It is useful in Alcoholism, Fever, menorrhagia, bleeding disorders.
      Some amount of the above claims on silver Bhasma can be attributed to water stored in silver vessel.

  7. sujaya says:

    What are the effects of water stored in SILVER vessels?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Silver / Rajata Bhasma is Natural coolant, useful in stress, anxiety, neuro muscular stimulant,memory enhancer. It is useful in Alcoholism, Fever, menorrhagia, bleeding disorders.
      Some amount of the above claims on silver Bhasma can be attributed to water stored in silver vessel.

  8. It is interesting to note that Silver is missing in the list. What are the properties of Silver vessel?

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