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Effect of Panchmahabhutas on the Foetus
The Panchmahabhutas (five elements) as described are 
  • Vayu (Air)
  • Teja (Fire)
  • Jala (Water)
  • Prthvi (Earth)
  • Akasha (Ether)
They have the following effects on the foetus
  • Vayu is responsible for division of dosa, dhatu, mala and body parts.
  • The teja by its function of pachana (metabolism) provides general shape of human structure. 
  • Kledana (moistening) is done by jala.
  • Solidification is function of prthivi.
  • Vivardhana (growth) is done by akasa.
Components derived from the Panchamahabhutas
(a) Components of foetus derived from akasha
  • Sabda (sound)
  • Srotrendriya (auditory system)
  • Laghava (lightness)
  • Sauksmya (minuteness)
  • Viveka (division)
  • Srotasas (channels)
  • Chhidras (orifices)
  • Mukha (oral cavity)
  • Kantha (throat)
  • Kostha (abdominal cavity)
  • Mana (psychy)
  • Buddhi (intelligence)
  • Nidra (sleep)
  • Alasya (lethargy) and
  • Mada (pride) are the components derived from akasa.
(b) Components of foetus derived from vayu
  • Sparsa (sense of touch)
  • Sparsanendriya (organ of sense of touch)
  • Chesta or parispandana (activity of body)
  • Dhatu vyuhana (formation or transportation of dhatus)
  • Uchchhwasa (expiration)
  • Laghava (lightness)
  • Prashwasa (inspiration)
  • Prana
  • Apana
  • Sveda
  • Chankramana (movement) are developed.
(c) Components of foetus derived from agni
  • Rupa (form)
  • Caksu-indriya (ophthalmic apparatus)
  • Pakti / Pachana (metabolism)
  • Usma (body temperature)
  • Prakasa (light/lusture)
  • Pitta (metabolic enzymes)
  • Teja (sharpness or brightness)
  • Medha (intellect)
  • Varna (complexion)
  • Saurya (valour or promess)
  • Kanti (splendour)
  • Somatic growth of body
  • Tama (passimism) and krodha (anger).
(d) Components of foetus derived from jala
  • Creation of rasa (taste)
  • Rasanendriya (gustatory system)
  • Saitya (coldness)
  • Mardava (softness)
  • Sneha (unctuousness)
  • Kleda (moisture)
  • Asrka (blood)
  • Sukra (semen)
  • Vasa or medas (extra and intracellular fat)
  • Sveda (sweat)
  • Saithilya (laxity)
  • Mamsa (muscle mass)
  • Lala (saliva).
(e) Components of foetus derived from prthvi
  • Gandha (smell)
  • Ghranendriya (olfactory apparatus)
  • Gaurava (heaviness)
  • Sthairya (stability)
  • Murti (structure of body)
  • Kesa (hair)
  • Asthi (bones)
  • Nakha (nail)
  • Dhairya (courage)
  • Tvak (skin)
  • Mamsa (muscle) and
  • Roma (body hairs).



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