By Swami Harshananda
Sometimes transliterated as: Dhatu, DhAtu, Dhaatu
Dhātu literally means ‘that which exists in all’.
Metals dug out from the bowels of earth like gold and silver as also precious stones are also known as ‘dhātu’.
Dhātu as per Darśanas
Dhātus of Body
In the ancient medical sciences, seven dhātus which sustain our body are mentioned. They are:
- Rasa - chyle
- Asṛk or rakta - blood
- Mānsa - flesh
- Medas - fat
- Asthi - bone
- Majjā - marrow
- Śukra - semen
Dhātu as per Sanskrit Grammar
- It is called as ‘sapta-dhātus’.
- Bhu means to exist.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore