Dhanvantari

Historical Background Of Dhanvantari And The Aspects Of Ayurveda

One of the many incarnated forms of the Hindu god Vishnu is the Dhanvantari. He is said to be the physician of the gods and appears in puranas and vedas and is the also known as the god of Ayurveda. The Hindu occasion of Dhanteras calls for the blessings of this God for good health. In the history of Indian medicine, this deity is considered as the giver of Ayurveda or the science of life to the world. In the Bhagavata Purana, the deity is said to have emerged from the ocean filled with milk and holding a vessel of nectar in the time of Samudra Manthan.

 

Reasons for worshipping the Deity

Since Dhanvantari is the physician god, so worshipping the Lord Dhanvantari ensures good health and freedom from any form of illness. Good mind and sound health are the blessings of this deity. Another reason for his worship is not only to get blessings of sound health but also the protection against untimely death.

 

Ways Of Worshipping The Deity

The Ayurvedic practitioners from all over the world worship the deity on the day of Dhanteras, which is two days before Diwali. There are few particular ways of worshipping this deity. Sit with your face facing the East and keep an image of the Deity in front of you. Wash the image with water, milk, ghee, honey and sugar and simultaneously chanting the mantras. Yellow flowers or garland must be offered to the deity and a prasad of trifala is to be taken.

Religious festival based on the deity

The Dhanvantari puja is done to get cure of all kinds of deity. And those who want to recover early from any illness must do the ritual for early recovery. Dhanteras is the main occasion of worshipping the deity Dhanvantari.

Beliefs regarding the deity

It is believed that worshipping this deity on the auspicious day of Dhanters will not only save you from an untimely death but will also take away all your sorrow.

Region Where Dhanvantari Is Worshipped

The God is worshipped all over India and mostly in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. There is also a shrine of the deity present in Tamil Nadu. In front of this temple, there is an engraved stone, which is believed to be from the ancient 12th century. According to the on the stone, Garuda Vahana Bhattar, who was a great ayurvedic physician, set up the idol inside the temple. An engraved stone from the 12th century is placed in front of the temple. And it is believed that a great Ayurvedic physician, Garuda Vahana Bhattar established the statue inside the temple.