Dhanvantri is considered the the Father of Ayurveda. He is depicted with four hands, the nectar pot of immortality in one, granting optimal health, a conch shell in the other denoting the ascent from the ocean, a plant in yet another, denoting the herbal connotations of this form of medicine, and a metal discus or a weapon representing the use of metals in wellbeing and for surgery.
According to the popular legend of 'Samudra Manthan' or the story of the churning of the ocean, when the Gods and demons churned he ocean for Amrita, or nectar, Dhanvantri emerged, carrying a jar of the elixir of immortality on the day of Dhanteras (one day before Diwali, the festival of lights).
He represents the healer who comes with compassion and brings with him health and prosperity. An image of him is commonly found in Ayurvedic centres, schools and clinics across the globe.
Health is your first wealth. By honouring Dhanvantri, the bestower of wealth, you take an initiative towards health and living an empowered life with outer prosperity and inner renewal. When you took birth, you signed up for a journey to wholeness. Congratulations on taking a big step towards a healthier lifestyle, vibrant with wisdom from the perennial Indian science of life.
We're here to help and guide you every step of the way. Do not hesitate to share the invaluable knowledge you are obtaining with your friends and loved ones. To your perfect hedalth and happiness.
Shanti Gowans is the globally recognised author and founder of Shanti Yoga™, Meditation and Ayurveda for the self, family and community.
Shantiji has brought the concepts and practices of a healthy body and a still mind to thousands of Australians through her Yoga and Meditation programs on national television... Read more about Shantiji's biography
Travel with Shanti & Peter Gowans this November for a trip of a lifetime.