The God of Medicine: Symbol of HealthAccording to the Indian mythology, Lord Dhanvantari emerged after 'Samudra Manthan', when the ‘Devas’ (Gods) and ‘Danavs’ ( Devils) churned the oceans using Mount Meru as a churning staff.
Our interpretation about this legend:
‘According to ancient Indian epics like Charaksamhita and Ashtanghridayam, the scientists from Indian subcontinent used to gather for conferences at the foot of Himalayas.
Scientists gathered together from so many different places that they differed not only in thoughts but also complexion. The fairer ones (who came from the northern Himalayan parts) were considered Devas(Gods), and the darker ones (from the southern coastal regions of India) were the Danavs (Devils).
Sciences like Ayurveda, Yoga, Vastushastra, mathematics, etc. were discussed alongwith many art forms, in these conferences.
These conferences were the union of mainly two cultures, one from nothern mountainous region and the other from southern coastal region. And hence the popular myth of Gods and Devils churning the ocean with Mount Meru must have emerged. The Samudra Manthan was nothing but the churning of Arts and Sciences, the exchange of thoughts.’
Dhanvantari, the God of Medicine, is shown with four arms with four symbols:
© Dr. Atul Rakshe, Ayurveda, Yoga, Panchakarma, Pune, India