God Dhanvantari is worshipped as the God of Medicine, the Master of Universal Knowledge, Physician of Gods and the Guardian Deity of hospitals; DHANVANTARI is regarded as the original exponent of Indian medical tradition called AYURVEDA, the ‘eternal science of life.’ This tradition is now accepted as the oldest, most original and unbroken medical system of the world.
Dhanvantari was an early Indian medical practitioner and one of the world’s first surgeons. Based on Vedic traditions, he is regarded as the source and fountainhead of Ayurveda. He perfected a system of herbs and roots – based Ayurvedic cures and natural remedies. He has been credited, among others, with the discovery of the antiseptic properties of turmeric and the preservative properties of salt which he incorporated in his overall regimen of cures. It is revealed that he was a very skilled surgeon according to the standards of his time and that he was a pioneer of modern medical practices like plastic surgery. According to traditions, he taught surgery methods and procedures to Sushrutha, the Father of Ayurvedic Surgery.
People used to offer their fervent prayers to Lord Dhanvantari seeking his divine benediction for sound health, free from all aliments and diseases, not only for themselves but, also for all near and dear ones.
Ayurveda has historically taken the approach of enumerating bodily substances in the framework of the five classical elements in Sanskrit it is called as panchamahabhuta, viz. EARTH(Prithvi), WATER(Jala), FIRE(Agni), AIR(Vayu) AND ETHER(Akash).