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Dhanvantari Jayanti

dhanvantari jayanti

Dhanvantari Jayanti which is also known as Dhanteras or Dhanvantari Triodasi is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Dhanvantari, Lord of Ayurvedic medicine. He is supposed to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is believed that Lord Vishnu in the form of Dhanvantari had come to Earth himself to save people from fatal diseases, unnatural death and sorrows of illness by treating them with Ayurvedic medicine, the Indian traditional medicinal system. This festival is also celebrated by practitioners of Ayurveda.


Dhanu represents grief and hence Dhanvantari means demolisher of sadness. Ayurveda, which is a sub-Veda of Atharva Veda, one of the four Vedas, is a treasure house of remedial measures to get rid of diseases. Lord Dhanvantari is also known as the father of Ayurveda. It is believed that people who worship him are blessed with good health and are protected against untimely death.


It is celebrated on the thirteenth day of Krishna Paksha in Kartik month; just two days before Diwali or Amavasya (New Moon day), in the dark half of the lunar Karthik month (eight month of the year as per the Hindu calendar).

Legends and Beliefs

It is believed that Lord Dhanvantari emerged from the sea of celestial milk with a pot of Amrit (nectar) when the ocean of milk was churned by Gods and demons for conquering Amrit (nectar). Goddess Mahalakshmi (Deity of wealth) was also re-born on the same day and therefore the birthdays of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Dhanvantari are celebrated on the same day.

Lord Vishnu had foretold that Lord Dhanvantari would appear to educate people the discipline of Ayurveda. After seeing the human race afflicted by pain and diseases, Gods requested him to descend into the world and cure living beings with Ayurvedic medicines and thus, practice Dhanvantari Ayurveda. Dhanvantari laid the establishment stone of Ayurveda, which was later developed into Sushrata and Charaka (great encyclopaedias of Ayurvedic medicine) and thus the Dhanvantri Ayurveda system of treatment became popular and useful among common people.

Rituals and Celebrations

People worship Lord Dhanvantari by lighting earthen lamps in the houses two days before Diwali, the festival of lights. In the evening, a lamp pointing towards North-East is lit at the entrance of the house to welcome Lord Dhanvantari for health and happiness in life. In the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, there are some temples which are dedicated to the Lord where Dhanvantari Jayanti is celebrated with utmost enthusiasm and devotion. Hindu devotees make it a point to visit temples to seek the blessings of God for sound health and for protection against untimely death. In northern and western parts of India, it is also celebrated as Dhanteras during which people buy new utensils. Though under different names, it is celebrated all over India with utmost happiness and devotion


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