About Ayurveda

God of Ayurveda (Dhanvantari)

Dhanvantari, in Hindu philosophy, is the physician of the gods. In many Hindu scriptures (such as Vishnupurana, Bhagwatpurana, Mahabharata, Agnipurana, Vayupurana, and more), he is regarded as the incarnation of Lord Vishnu (the supreme Lord). Ayurveda, the traditional system of Indian medicine, is also attributed to Dhanvantari.

 

According to legend, Dhanvantari arose during the churning of the ocean of milk (Samudra Manthan). The churning of the ocean of milk is one of the main events in the struggle between the gods and the demons, during which the gods had invited the demons to help them recover the elixir of immortality (amrita) from the cosmic ocean. Dhanvantari rose out of the waters bearing a cup filled with this elixir. He has four hands and holds a conch (shankh), a disc (chakra), a non-poisonous leech (jalooka), and a pot (kalash) of nectar (amrita) in his hands.

Dhanvantari Shloka

Aum shankam chakram jalaukam dadhadamrutaghatam charudorbhischaturbhihi. sukshmasvacchatihrdyamshuka parivilasanmaulimambhojanetram. kalambhodojjvalangam katitatavilasasccharupitambaradhyam. vande dhanvantarim tam nikhilagadavanapraudhadavagnililam.

 

One who bears in his attractive four hands – conch, circular weapon, leeches and a pot with ambrosia. One whose fine, shining and pure upper garment makes him appear especially wonderful. One whose eyes are like a lotus flower, whose bright bodily luster is of the color of a fresh rain cloud. One whose beautiful waist is adorned by a magnificent yellow dress and who burns away all diseases.

Just like a forest fire, to such, Lord Dhanvantari, I bow respectfully.

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