Resembled from the Samudra Manthan, one of the foremost avatar of Lord Vishnu is the Lord Dhanvantari. Lord Dhanvantari is the Hindu god of medicine. This lord is considered the most auspicious in the history of Ayurveda. The Physicians, Vaidyas & Doctors worshipped Lord Dhanvantari for seeking his blessings for sound healing.
Lord Dhanvantari was the physician & surgeon of gods. It is said that Lord Dhanvantari has appeared from the churning of the milk of the ocean with a pot of “Amrit” (Devine Nectar) which was stolen by Asuras. To get the Amrit back, Lord Vishnu appears as Mohini & got it back.
It is believed that Lord Dhanvantari proclaimed the practice of Ayurveda. Lord Dhanvantari reestablishes the tradition of Ayurveda in the world to help relieve some of humanity’s suffering. He is known as the father of Ayurveda.
Dhanvantari complied with the sages’ request, recast Brahma’s Ayurveda into 8 divisions (shalya, shalakya, kayachikitsa, bhutavidya, kaumarabhrtya, agadatantra, rasayanatantra, vajikaranatantra) and began teaching within the framework of pratyaksa (perception), agama (authoritative scripture), anumana (inference) and upamana (analogy).
According to the ancient Sanskrit, Lord Dhanvantari is a handsome personality, depicted with four hands. The four hands contains Shanka, Amrit, Chakra & Leech plant. The ancient Sanskrit scripts include:
ॐ शंखं चक्रं जलौकां दधदमृतघटं चारुदोर्भिश्चतुर्मिः।
वन्दे धन्वंतरिं तं निखिलगदवनप्रौढदावाग्निलीलम॥
(Om śaṅkhaṁ cakraṁ jalaukāṁ dadhadamr̥taghaṭaṁ cārudōrbhiścaturmiḥ. Sūkṣmasvacchātihr̥dyānśuka parivilasanmaulimambhōjanētrama. Kālāmbhōdōjjvalāṅgaṁ kaṭitaṭavilasaccārūpītāmbarāḍhyama. Vandē dhanvantariṁ taṁ nikhilagadavanaprauḍhadāvāgnilīlama. Sūkṣmasvacchātihr̥dyānśuka parivilasanmaulimambhōjanētrama.)
Lord Dhanvantari is worshipped during Dhanteras. The birthday of Lord Dhanvantari is celebrated throughout India by the Ayurveda practitioners & the doctors. Most of the temples of Lord Dhanvantari is situated in South India especially in TamilNadu & Kerala. The people out there celebrate the Dhanvantari Jayanti with utmost devotion.