Jatukarna, was the co-student of Agnivesa and a great medical author in the golden age of Ayurveda. He is also said to have compiled a medical treatise. Cakrapani quotes it profusely in his own work -- even preferring it over Bhela, as do many other renowned physicians.
Little, however, is known about him as a person as his original work was lost over time.
Meaning of Jatukarna
The word Jatukarna as such means bat-eared. We do not know whether our Jatukarna had ears like a bat or whether it was just a proper noun without any relation to its derivation.
References to Jatukarna
- In Satapatha Brahmana he is described as the propounder of Brahmavidya.
- He is also a great seer whose name is reverentially used to denote a Gotra.
- Jatukarnais also known as Jatukarna and is quoted in many famous medical works.
- VyakhyaKusumavali contains many quotations from Jatukarna's work out of which only two are cited above.
- Sivadasa quotes the different readings from Jatukarna in commenting on Palankasadyam Tailam.
- Vagbhata liberally quotes Jatukarna in:
- The Caraka Samhita published by Shree Gulabkunverba Ayurvedic Society, Jamnagar, India