Dhanvantari is an incarnation of Vishnu. He is also the divine physician. Dhanvantari is the father of Ayurveda. Dhanvantari Homam is a popular remedy prescribed for those with long-time health problems and a weak constitution. Dhanvantari is the main deity of this Homam. Mythology says that he emerged from the Milky Ocean during its churning (Samudra Manthan) by the gods and the demons for Amrit, the elixir of immortality.
Dhanvantari Homam creates a positive aura that boosts one’s health. Dhanvantari is the God of Ayurveda, which is the world’s oldest medicinal system.
During this Homam, Mantras are chanted to obtain Dhanvantari’s blessings and offerings made to the holy fire. The priest invokes Dhanvantari with a Kalash.
Dhanvantari Homam bestows health, wealth, and success. The Pooja can cure diseases and strengthen the mind and body.
Who Is Dhanvantari?
Like Vishnu, Dhanvantari carries the Sudarshana chakra in his right hand, and the Panchajanya (conch) in his left hand. The other two hands hold the pot of nectar. The Vedas describe him as the father of medicines and herbs as well as the physician of the gods.
Dhanvantari emerged from the Milky Ocean with the pot of Amrit (nectar) during its churning.
He has a dark complexion and wears yellow clothes, beautiful ornaments, and flower garlands.
Significance of Dhanvantari Homam
Devotees worship Dhanvantari during Dhanteras for good health. Dhanvantari Homam protects one from infections and diseases. It bestows a strong constitution. It can also cure people of their long-term illness. The Homam creates positive vibrations which act on the body and mind of the sick person and free them from the illness.
Ekadashi tithi is a good time for performing this Homam. Budha and Guru Hora are also auspicious for the ceremony. During the Homam, 108 medicinal herbs are offered in the fire.
The Dhanvantari Mantra is also chanted at this time. When the healing herbs burn, they release therapeutic gases into the environment that purifies and heals the person.
Dhanvantari appeared on the day of Dhanteras. Two days before the Diwali Pooja, on Dhanvantari Trayodashi, people perform Dhanvantari Pooja and Yagna.
People believe that Dhanvantari Homam can cure even severe diseases.
How to Perform Dhanvantari Homam
Amritha samith is dipped in ghee and milk and offered to the Homa kund. Milk payasam and ghee are also offered. Various Mantras to appease Dhanvantari are recited during the Homa. They include the Moola Mantra, Veda Mantra, and Ayusha Sukta.
Ganapathy, Dhanvantari, Hanuman, Maha Mrityunjaya, Vaidya Lakshmi, and the 9 Navagrahas are also worshipped.
Dhanvantari Homam Mantra “Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaaya Dhanvantaraye Amrita-Kalasha Hastaaya Sarva Amaya Vinashaya Trailokaya Naathaya Dhanvantari Maha-Vishnave Namah”
The other rituals are Kalash Sthapana, Gauri Ganesh Sthapana, Punyaha Vaachan, Ganesh Poojan and Abishek, Navgraha Poojan, Shodash Matrika, Navagraha, Sarvotabhadra), 64 yogini Poojan, Kshetrapal Poojan, Swasti Vachan, Sankalpa, and 108 chants of each planetary Mantra.
Invocations of major deities in Kalash, Dhanvantri Raksha kavach and
Benefits of Dhanvantari Homam
- Dhanvantari Homam bestows the blessings of Dhanvantari for leading a healthy and happy life. It creates a healthy environment and brings relief from ailments. One can perform this Homam at home or in one’s office, too. The benefits of the Homam follow:
- It brings relief from severe health issues.
- It helps one to lead a very happy and peaceful life.
- It removes negative energies in the environment and creates positive energy.
- When performed at home once a year, it can eliminate all health problems.
- The medicinal properties of the plants and herbs used in the Homam purifies and heals.
- Dhanvantari Homam helps one to recover quickly from surgery.
- Dhanvantari Homam can remedy sexual disorders and uterus problems.