Dhanvantari Dhanvantari is an avatar of Vishnu who is believed to be the physician of the Gods and the God of Ayurvedic medicine

. Dhanvantari is depicted as Vishnu with four hands, holding medical herbs in one hand and a pot containing rejuvenating nectar called amrita in another. Dhanavantari emerged from the 'Ocean of Milk' and with the pot of nectar while it was being churned by the devas and asuras, using the Mandara mountain and the serpent Vasuki. Dhanvantari was is regarded as one of the world's first surgeons. He perfected many herbal based cures and was credited with the discovery of the antiseptic properties of turmeric and the preservative properties of salt which he incorporated in his cures. Dhanvantari is believed to be the one who freed the other gods from old age, disease and death and who taught surgery to susrutha and other sages. King Dirghatamas of Kashi (Benares) was performing severe austerities and offering them to Lord Dhanvantari in the hopes that he would be pleased with them and grant him a son. The Lord appeared and offered a boon to the king, so Dirghatamas asked Lord Dhanvantari to be born as his own son. The Lord replied that he would. Soon after, Lord Dhanvantari was born in the royal household of Kashi and eventually became the king. Even as a young boy he had ascetic tendencies, was extremely disciplined and performed severe austerities. He taught Ayurveda orally to the sages and rishis (seers) who became his disciples. His teachings are recorded in the Agni Purana, as well as through the teachings of his disciples Susruta, Pauskalavata, Aurabha, Vaitarana, and others. Devotees pray to Lord Dhanvantari seeking his blessings for sound health for themselves and others. A Dhanvantari Homam is to be performed on 16th May 2009 for good health and alleviation of diseases. We invite you to participate in this event.

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