Lord Dhanvantari : Physician of God
Dhanvantari is an incarnation of Hindu lord Vishnu. He appear in many stories as the physician of gods and also as god of Ayurveda. According to a mythical story Dhanvantari was emerged from the Ocean of Milk. Lord Dhanvantari is worshiped by devotees to seek his blessings. Dhanvantari had some special power.
Dhanvantari was also born as a king of Benares, who brought medical science to the world. Images of Dhanvantari are often found in the shrines of Ayurvedic docters. He is also considered as a great surgeon who taught Ayurvedic surgery to Sushruta, the father of Ayurvedic surgery.
Lord Dhanvantari always portrayed as “Chatur Bhuj” or “Chatur Bahu” which means four hands. She is a one of the AVATAR of the lord Vishnu. In every portrait she hold medial herbs in one hand and a pot containing rejuvenating nectar called amrita in other.
Lord Dhanvantari was first appeared in the story of the Samundra Manthana. According to story when Dhanvantari holds port of nectar. In the story of Samundra Manthana whilst ocean was being crunched by the Devas and Asuras, using Mandara Mountain and the serpent Vasuki. The port of Amrita was snatched by Asuras (Demons), and after that another avatar of lord Vishnu Mohini appears and takes the Amrita back from the Asurs.
According to an old Sanskrit work named Vishnudharamottara, Dhanvantari is a handsome and should usually be depicted with four hands, with one of them carrying Amrita, the ambrosia of god. It is depicted as Vishnu. He is often shown with a leech in his hand rather than the scriptures.
There are no major permanent temples dedicated to Lord Dhanvantari in North India. List of Dhanvantari Temples in South India:
- Dhanvantari Temple – At Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam ,Tamil Nadu.
- Sri Dhanvantari 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 Dhanvantari Temple – Situated at Pulamanthole, Malappuram, Kerala
- Sree Dhanvantari Temple – At Peringavu, Thrissur, Kerala
- Dhanvantari Temple – Erumapetty, Vadakkanchery, Thrissur, Kerala
- Dhanvantari Kshetram [temple] – Situated at the outskirts of Calicut, Kerala
- Dhanvantari Temple – Kannur [Cannanore], Kerala
Lord Dhanvantari Mantra or Dhanvantari Mantra is the prayer addressed to appease Lord Dhanvantari, the God of Ayurvedic medicine. Chant these mantras 8,16,64 or 108 times based on your time availability. You may recite these mantras for the wel-being for anyone who is sick or ill.
Lord Dhanvantari is worshiped by devotees to seek his blessings and for sound health.