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Jatukarṇa, was the fellow-student of Agniveṣa and a great medical author in the golden age of Ayurveda. He is also said to have compiled a medical treatise. Cakrapāṇi quotes it profusely in his own work, even preferring it over Bhela, as do many other renowned physicians. Little is known about him as a person as his original work was lost over time.  

Meaning of Jatukarṇa[edit]

The word Jatukarṇa as such means bat-eared. We do not know whether Jatukarṇa had ears like a bat or whether it was just a proper noun without any relation to its derivation.

References to Jatukarṇa[edit]

  • In Satapatha Brahmana, he is described as the propounder of Brahmavidyā.
  • He is also a great seer whose name is reverentially used to denote a Gotra.
  • VyakhyaKusumavali contains many quotations from Jatukarṇa's work out of which only two are cited above.
  1. NibandhaSangraha
  2. Tattwa-candrika
  • Sivadasa quotes the different readings from Jatukarṇa in commenting on Palankasadyam Tailam.
  • Vagbhata liberally quotes Jatukarṇa in:
  1. VyakhyaMadhukosa
  2. Astāngahṛdaya


  • The Caraka Samhita published by Shree Gulabkunverba Ayurvedic Society, Jamnagar, India