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Panchabhuta is a Sanskrit word meaning five elements or constituents. According to ancient Indian philosophy, the universe is composed of panchabhutas. Even the body and food is derived from this. Prithvi (earth), Apa (water), Tejas (fire), Vayu (air), and Akash (ether) are the five elements of panchabhuta. These elements are kept in a certain balance in the universe and the body. The variation in this balance ends in natural disasters, and diseases in the body.

In India, there are temples devoted to the Panchabhuta called 'Panchabhuta Kshetras,' each of which represents one of the Panchabhuta.

Updated on 7th June, 2015

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