Today India celebrates Dhanvantari Jayanti (Dhanteras) and Ayurveda Day and also begins 5 days of energy packed festivals.
God Dhanvantari appears in the Vedas and Puranas two days earlier than Lakshmi the Godess of wealth, to bless you with longevity and good health so that you enjoy the wealth for life, he is physician of the Gods (devas), and the God of Ayurveda.
Bhagavata Purana states that God Dhanvantari emerged from Ocean and appeared with the pot of Amrit (nectar) & Leech during the Samudra Mathana.
It is common practice in Hinduism for worshipers to pray to Dhanvantari seeking his blessings for sound health for themselves and mankind, especially on Dhanteras.
People as an age old practice prepare Kheer (Pudding of Rice & Milk) and keep it in new Silverware. It works like Nectar as believed. Dhanvantri Plant (also know as Lemon grass) is worshipped today in certain parts of India.
The Traditional Ayurveda Practitioners worship God Dhanvantri today and medicines made at this time of year has great significance.
Wishing Fellow Indians a Happy Dhanvantari Jayanti ( Dhanteras) and National Ayurveda day.
- Pawan Singh