Lord Dhanvantari, as per hindu Vedas and Puranas, is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He is known as the father of Ayurveda,
since he was the first divine incarnation to impart its wisdom amongst humans. Lord Dhanwantari is portrayed as “Chatur Bahu” Vishnu [with four h
ands], holding medical herbs in one hand and a pot containing rejuvenating nectar called amrita in another.
According to Shreemad Bhagwat and Sushrut Samhita , Lord Dhanvantari emerged from the ocean with a pot of Amrit when
the ocean of milk was churned by Gods and demons for Amrita [nectar]. Goddess Mahalakshmi also re-born on the same day
and therefore the birthdays of Goddess Lakshmi [Dhan Teras] and Lord Dhanvantari are celebrated on the same day. Lord
Dhanvantari emerged out of the ocean holding Amrit Pot, Shankha, Chakra and Jalauka in his four hands. Lord Dhanvantari
protects all living beings from diseases, untimely death and eliminates sorrows.
Practitioners of Ayurveda [the Indian traditional medicine] celebrate Dhanvantari Jayanti with much devotion.
Devotees also make it a point to visit Lord Dhanwantari Temples to seek his blessings for good health.
Dhanvantri Mantra forms the part of prayers offered to the lord. Mantra of Dhanwantari with its meaning is as follows:
"Om Namo Bhagavate
Maha Sudharshana Vasudevaya Dhanvantaraye;
Amrutha Kalasa Hasthaaya
Sarva Bhaya Vinasaya
Thri Lokya Pathaye
Thri Lokya Nithaye
Sri Maha Vishnu Swarupa
Sri Dhanvantri Swarupa
Sri Sri Sri Aoushata Chakra
We pray to the God, who is known as Sudarshana Vasudev Dhanvantari. He holds the Kalasha full of nectar of immortality. Lord Dhanvantri removes all fears and removes all diseases. He is the well wisher and the preserver of the three worlds. Dhanvantari is like Lord Vishnu, empowered to heal the Jiva souls. We bow to the Lord of Ayurveda.
List of Dhanvantari Temples in India:
Dhanwantari Temple – At Ranganathaswamy Temple , Srirangam ,Tamil Nadu.
Sri Dhanwantari Temple – Located at Arya Vaidya Pharmacy Campus [Arya Vaidya Chikitsalayam and Research Institute],Coimbatore ,Tamilnadu
Lord Dhanvantari Temple , Nelluva – Located at about 20 km from Guruvayur,Thrissur,Kerala.
Sree Rudra Dhanwanthari Temple – Situated at Pulamanthole, Malappuram,Kerala
Sree Dhanwantari Temple – At Peringavu ,Thrissur , Kerala
Dhanwantari Temple – Erumapetty, Vadakkanchery ,Thrissur , Kerala
Dhanvantri Kshetram [temple] – Situated at the outskirts of Calicut, Kerala
Dhanvantari Temple – Kannur [Cannanore] , Kerala
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