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Shri Dhanvantari

The God of Medicine: Symbol of Health

According 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:

Shri Dhanvantari – The God of MEDICINE and the Symbol of HEALTH ‘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:
  • Shankh (Conch): In Indian tradition, every auspicious ocassion begins with Shankh Dhwani i.e. blowing of the conch. Blowing of conch is concidered to purify the atmosphere and spread ‘good waves’.
          Hence, Lord Dhanvantari has the auspicious conch shell in one of his hands as a symbol of spreading the knowledge of Health.
  • Chakra: Health is all about eliminating all the toxins from the body and bad thoughts from the mind.
         The Chakra can be seen as a symbol of the capacity of Ayurveda to destroy all the bad things in life.
  • Jalouka: Jalouka means Leech.
         Blood Letting is one of the detoxifying procedures in Panchkarma. According to Ayurvedic principals, Leeches are used for sucking out the ‘impure’ blood harmlessly.
         Leech in one of Lord Dhanvantari’s hands represents all the detoxifying procedures of Ayurveda(Panchkarma) which include Vamana, Virechana, Basti, Nasya and Raktamokshana.
  • Amruta Ghatam: Amruta Ghatam is the Elixir pot.
         The motto of Ayurveda science is to eliminate all the diseases with the help of treatments, herbs, minerals and lifestyle. The Elixir pot symbolises the Ambrosia… like the medicines of Ayurveda.
In Indian Mythology, history has been encrypted using such symbols. One has to know the correct meaning of these symbols to have a better understanding of Ayurveda.

© Dr. Atul Rakshe, Ayurveda, Yoga, Panchakarma, Pune, India