Thursday, December 2, 2010
Dhanvantari, the God of Medicine, the presiding deity of Ayurveda is worshipped throughout the country for relief from diseases. There are temples of worship dedicated to Lord Dhanvantari and interestingly enough these temples are located in South India, especially Kerala. Even in the absence of temples, Vaidyas in other parts of India worship idols and images of Lord Dhanvantari. Statues of Lord Dhanvantari are also seen in the courtyards of many important institutions. In other words, the status of Lord Dhanvantari as the divine healer and custodian of Ayurvedic knowledge is universally accepted by the Ayurvedic community today.