Hariṇa | What is Hariṇa?

Hariṇa (हरिण) is a Sanskrit word referring to the “red deer”. The meat of this animal is part of the māṃsavarga (‘group of flesh’), which is used throughout Ayurvedic literature.

The animal Hariṇa is part of the sub-group named Jāṅgalamṛga, referring to “animals living in forests”.

It was classified by Charaka in his Charakasaṃhitā sūtrasthāna (chapter 27), a classical Ayurvedic work.

Charaka defined such groups (vargas) based on the dietic properties of the substance.

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