Dhanvantari is the God of healing. He is also considered as the divine physician, the doctor of the Gods. He is regarded as an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the God of protection and sustenance. He is also believed to be the one, who created Ayurveda, the ancient system of medicine and gave that for the benefit of the humanity. Hence, he is gratefully remembered as the God of Ayurveda.
Dhanvantari is shown as strong in physique, handsome in appearance, somewhat dark in complexion and wearing yellow clothes. He is four-armed, in one of which he holds a pot containing the precious Amrut, the liquid of immortality. In another hand, he holds a leech, the blood-sucking insect, which is believed to have played a crucial role in the ancient systems of medical treatment. The depictions also show him as a form of Lord Vishnu himself with his usual conch and discus, while he is also seen holding the scriptures, in some other places.
Legend of Dhanvantri
Dhanvantari was born from the ocean of milk when the same was churned by the celestial beings and the demons for getting Amrut, the nectar of immortality. After many precious things came out, Lord Dhanvantari emerged out at last in all his glory, holding in his hand a pot containing the valuable and much sought-after elixir of life. The Amrut was supposed to be shared by both the Devas and the Asuras, but Lord Vishnu had the last laugh, when he took the form of the bewitching Mohini, denied the liquid to the demons and shared it entirely with the celestials, for the good of the universe.
The great churning of the ocean and Dhanvantari coming out of it, have their spiritual connotation too, as these are said to denote the overcoming of the vices plaguing a life on earth and the soul rising above them all, towards self-realization.
Dhanvantari is said to have emerged on the day of Dhanteras which falls a few days before Diwali, the festival of lights and people worship him, primarily, on that day for their excellent health and longevity. It is to be noted that it was at the same time that Goddess Lakshmi too appeared from the ocean.
Dhanvantri Mantra — Meaning and Benefits
‘Om Shree Dhanvantre Namaha’
Meaning: ‘Oh Lord Shri Dhanvantari, I bow humbly to you with prayers’ is the meaning of the mantra.
This is a simple hymn of prayer addressed to Dhanvantari.
This is a mantra for healing and chanting this daily can provide a strong cover of protection against all illnesses. It can prevent diseases, clear all forms of mental and physical disorders, and relieve one of fears and apprehensions. Its power of divine healing can increase energy level, improve vitality and provide robust health.
While this mantra can be recited any number of times and at any time of the day, it is believed that the daily chanting of this for 108 times, early in the morning before sunrise, can be highly effective in getting the blessings of the Lord. However, more the chanting better would be the benefits. Also, if someone is too ill to chant or is unable to do so for whatever reason, anyone else can do the recitation for the sake of the sick person and offer prayers on his or her behalf, and this too can have the same positive effect.
‘Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaaya
Dhanvantaraye Amrita- Kalasha Hastaaya
Sarva-amaya Vinashaaya Trailokya Naathaya
Dhanvantri Maha-vishnave Namaha’
This is another mantra dedicated to Lord Dhanvantari, which describes his form, hails his greatness, offers salutations to him and seeks his grace for destroying diseases.
‘Om tat purushaayavidmahae
This is the Gayatri mantra for Lord Dhanvantari, the recitation of which can earn for the devotees, the divine blessings of the Lord.