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Meaning of "Dhanvantari"

Word

Dhanvantari

Sanskrit

धन्वंतरी hi

IAST

dhanvantari

In General

Dhanvantari is an avatar of Vishnu. It is a customery practice to worshipers and pray to Lord Dhanvantari for sound health. Dhanvantari is depicted as Vishnu with four hands, holding medical herbs in one hand and a pot containing rejuvenating nectar called amrita in another.

Veda

Dhanvantari appears in the Vedas as god of longevity and health

Purana

Dhanvantari in Puranas is the physician of the Devas, and the God of Ayurvedic medicine. The Puranas state that Dhanavantari emerged from the 'Ocean of Milk'. He taught surgery methods and procedures to Susrutha, the Father of Ayurvedic Surgeon.

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