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Dhanvantari Temples

Dhanvantari is the God of health. There are only a very few Dhanvantari temples in India,

Dhanvantari Temple, AP
There is one temple is in East Godaavaree region on the Eastern coast of India .Drive past lush-green paddy fields on a breezy morning, from Rajahmundry, Heading towards Chintaluru village, in East Godaavaree district, one finds Aandhra Pradesh's earliest dedicated temple to Dhanvantari, the Hindu god of health and specifically Aayur Ved. It is also one of the few of its kind in India. Considering that health is priority for everyone, Aayur Ved is so widely practiced in India, that not only Indians use it but foreigners also come to India to be treated by it.

Reaching Chintaluru, get off at Alamuruvaari Veedhi and make our way to the temple. Built and consecrated in 1942 by well-known and much-awarded Aayur Ved expert and author Vaidya Raaj Dwi-bhaashyam Venkateswarlu, this Dhanvantari temple attracts thousands of devotees seeking good health and vigor on annual basis. Besides the healthy people who ask for their continued well-being, disease-ridden people also visit it praying for a cure.

The inner walls of this immaculately maintained temple are lined with sculptures of Brahmaa Jee, Daksh Prajaapati, Ashwinee Kumaar, Indra, Bharadwaaj, Vaagbhatt, Aathreya, Sushrut and Charak all luminaries of Aayur Ved. There is also a depiction of Ksheer Saagar Manthan. Within the temple-precincts are small shrines to Lords Subramanya, Venkateshwar with Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi, and Kaashee Vishweshwar with Annapoornaa.

Dhanvantari Temple, Kerala
There are many temples of Dhanvantari in Kerala.

(1) In Maruthoor Vattam - This Dhanvantari Temple is on the West coast of India in Maruthoor Vattam in Kerala. It is a place near Cherthala and is famous for its Dhanvantari Temple there. This place got the name so because the Vaidyan Moos from Kottaayaam stayed there in olden days and he used to give medicines only once, the diseases used to get cured. The Moos Vaidya became very famous and patients started coming to see him from far of places. He used to say to those patients who came from distance to their query "Marunnu Oruvattam Mathi" - that prescribed medicines are sufficient. Repetition of the medicines for a second time was not needed. As days went on the Moos Vaidyan got famous as Marunnu Oruvattom Vaidya. The place got the name Marunnu Oruvattam and later it got shortened to "Maruthoor Vattaam" (Read from the legend about Maruthoor Vattam Temple from the Temple website)

(2) In Kannur - About 10 km from the railway station is the ages old, very powerful Dhanvantari Temple, Kannur (Cannanore), Kerala. A not so well known temple in its humble environs has a serene atmosphere. Dhanvantari Poojaa is performed here for the good health of anyone, of any faith, from any corner of the world. Added attraction is the Huge Temple pond with water lilies!

(3) In Calicut - Similarly, there's a Dhanvantari Kshetram (i.e. Temple) in the outskirts of Calicut, in Kerala. This temple is gaining prominence, as people come from far off places to offer their prayers to the Lord, to cure them of their ailing diseases, or to be blessed with a healthy life ahead.

(4) In Trivendrum - There is also a Dhanvantari Kshetram in Peroorkkada, Trivandrum which is under the ancient Nair Family of Mazhavanchery Vadakkedom.

There are some other temples also of Dhanvantari in Kerala -
(1) Shree Dhanvantari Temple, Prayikkar, Mavelikkar,
(2) Sree Dhanvantari Temple, Nelluvaya, Trissur;
(3) Sree Dhanvantari Temple, Thottuva, Kalady,
(4) Sree Dhanvantari Temple, Wadakkanchery, Thrissur,
(5) Sree Dhanvantari Temple, Chirakkal, Valapattanam.

Dhanvantari Temple, Tamilnaadu
In Tamilnaadu, Dhanvantari temple is situated in the courtyard of Rangnaathswaamy Temple (Srirangam). Worship is done daily. In the front of this temple there is an engraved stone believed to date around the 12th Century. The writing on the stone contains the details that Garud Vaahan Bhattar, who was a great Aayurvedik physician, established the statue inside the temple. As a 'Prasaad' or 'Teerth', a decoction of the herbs is given to the visitors.



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Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/05
Updated on 09/30/13