Lord Dhanwantari is regarded as the god of ayurvedic medicine(Ayurveda) in the Hindu religion. People pray to Dhanvantari, asking him for improved or good health for themselves and for others. Dhanvantri Mantra forms the part of prayers offered to the lord. The mantra of Dhanwantari with its meaning is as follows for Lord Dhanwantari
“Om Namo Bhagavate
Amrutha Kalasa Hasthaaya
Sarva Bhaya VinasayaSarva Roka Nivaranaya
Thri Lokya Pathaye
Thri Lokya NithayeSri Maha Vishnu SwarupaSri Dhanvantri Swarupa Lord Dhanwantari
Dhanvantari appears in the Puranas as the god of Ayurveda. It is common practice in Hinduism for worshipers to pray to Dhanvantari seeking his blessings for sound health for themselves and/or others, especially on Dhanteras or Dhanwantari Trayodashi. Govt. Of India has declared that Dhanwantari Trayodashi every year would be celebrated as “National Ayurveda Day.
One black-stoned statue facing south is also located in a personal property of a Brahman family in Chowk area, Varanasi. It is said that the Idol was found beneath the premises of that property when it was being constructed. When the Brahman owner was unable to identify the god represented, he decided to set it adrift in the Ganges the following morning. However, the same night, the god appeared in his dream, introduced himself as KashiRaja Devodas (Dhanvantari), and commanded that the statue should be left where it was found. Hence, in his house, he built this temple, which is largely unknown in that area. Of them all, this temple could be believed by the god’s devotees to be the most divine and spiritual, because of the idol’s serendipitous discovery, the reason for its rescue from oblivion, and its preservation.