In medicine, a  Prosthesis , is an artificial device that replaces a missing body part lost through trauma, disease, or congenital conditions. prosthetics is simply replacement of missing limbs.

My question is - In which verse of Rig-Veda there is mentioning of prosthetics?

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RV 1.112, 116, 117, 118 mention of Vispala which is either a woman or a mare. She lost a limb in a war or Khela (battle or competition) and Ashvins replaced the lost one with a metal leg

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1.112 (10)

yābhirviśpalāṃ dhanasāmatharvyaṃ sahasramīḷha ājāvajinvatam | yābhirvaśamaśvyaṃ preṇimāvataṃ tābhir... ||

Those with which you revived Viśpalā, to pursue the way, to gain the stakes in the contest with a thousand battle-prizes with which you helped Vaśa Aśvya and Preṇi [?]‌—with those forms of help come here, o Aśvins.

1.116 (15)

caritraṃ hi verivāchedi parṇamājā khelasya paritakmyāyām | sadyo jaṅghāmāyasīṃ viśpalāyai dhane hite sartavepratyadhattam ||

Because her foot was cut away like the wing of a bird, in the contest of Khela, at the decisive turn, right away you inserted a metal shank for Viśpalā to run, when the stake had been set.

1.117 (11)

sūnormānenāśvinā ghṛṇānā vājaṃ viprāya bhuraṇā radantā | aghastye brahmaṇā vāvṛdhānā saṃ viśpalāṃ nāsatyāriṇītam ||

Being sung by Sūnor Māna [=Agastya], o energetic Aśvins, digging out victory’s prize for the inspired poet, and growing strong alongside Agastya through his poetic formulation, you draw Viśpalā back together, Nāsatyas.

1.118 (8)

yuvaṃ dhenuṃ śayave nādhitāyāpinvatamaśvinā pūrvyāya | amuñcataṃ vartikāmaṃhaso niḥ prati jaṅghāṃ viśpalāyā adhattam ||

You swelled the cow (with milk) for Śayu of long ago, who needed help, o Aśvins.You released the quail-hen from tight straits, and you inserted a shank for Viśpalā.

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    Nice find. Can you update the answer with original verses? Also is there any other place in Rig-Veda other than mandala one this is mentioned.? Here is the link.- sacred-texts.com/hin/rvsan/rv01118.htm Oct 20, 2017 at 14:41
  • @shanu Good to see your interst in Rig Veda:) Oct 20, 2017 at 14:52
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    @KarmanyaNanda thanks :) during my PhD, these were my side studies :)
    – user12262
    Oct 20, 2017 at 14:58
  • @SwiftPushkar I added the original texts also
    – user12262
    Oct 20, 2017 at 14:59

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