Bhela was one of the six students of Atreya, alongwith Agnivesha. He is said to have composed a treatise called Bhela Samhita. This was not traceable for many centuries, but in the year 1880, a palm leaf manuscript of it, composed in Sanskrit but written in the Telugu script, was found in the Palace Library at Tanjore. The unique manuscript of this ancient treatise was first published by the Calcutta University in 1921 as Volume VI of the Journal of Department of letters. This great treatise though at some places incomplete, is not known to have been redacted or condensed from the original tantra into smaller Samhita, with the benefit that although it had been dormant in the past ages it has sustained its originality.
Bhela Samhita is divided as follows- Nidana Sthana, Vimana Sthana, Sarirasthana, Indriyasthana, Cikitsasthana, Kalpasthana and Siddhisthana, Bhela is distinct in explaining vividly about the local food habits and specificity in disease prevalence pertaining to them. Again Bhela is distinct in explaining different symptoms emerge in Dhatus owing to the vitiation of pitta, deranged pregnancy also with its peculiar consequence, and classifying many diseases as Karmaja and also such other. Thus Bhela has advanced his own ideas and thrown light on specific flora fauna, customs, disease prevalence, natural history etc., suggestive of additions and improvements as an yield of his talented genius.
Details of Book :-
- Author - Dr.P.Srinivasa Rao
- Publisher - Choukhamba Krishnadas Academy, Varanasi
- Language - Text with English translation
- ISBN - 978-81-218-02
- Binding - Hardbound
- Size - 10.0 inch X 7.5 inch
- Pages - 398
- Weight of book - 770 grams (approx.)