The origin of Dhanteras is said to have a fascinating story attached to it. The story centres on a 16-year-old son of King Hima, whose death from a snake bite was predicted by his horoscope on the fourth night of his marriage. That evening, his recently wed wife arranged all of her jewellery and a large collection of gold and silver coins in a mound at the door to the bedroom and lit lamps all around the place. Then, to prevent her spouse from dozing off, she told stories and sang songs.
Yama, the deity of death, appeared at the prince’s door the following day dressed as a serpent, but his eyes were dazzled and blinded by the gleam of the jewellery and lamps and he was unable to enter the prince’s chamber. The young prince was cleverly rescued from death’s grasp by his new bride, and the day became known as Dhanteras.
This tradition identifies the connection between Dhanteras and prosperity. Dhanteras is still extensively observed as an auspicious time to purchase jewellery, silverware, and steel-ware. Purchasing money or metal on this day is thought to bring tremendous good fortune home.
While most people celebrate Dhanteras in that manner, did you realise that the holiday also has ties to Ayurveda? In this article, we are reminiscing on the benefits of Ayurveda this Dhanteras. The Ayurvedic god Dhanvantri celebrates his birth on Dhanteras, also known as Dhanvantari Jayanti and National Ayurveda Day.
In the well-known chapter of Samudra Manthan, which describes the churning of the ocean by Devtas and Asuras, the foundation of Ayurveda is described in great detail in the Indian myths Bhagavata Purana and Mahabharata. It was none other than the God Dhanvantri who emerged from Samudra Manthan carrying amrita, the nectar of immortality. This nectar was an Ayurvedic blessing that could heal anyone who drank it.
The wisdom of Ayurveda was first transmitted to mankind for its benefit by God Dhanvantri. He taught many facets of Vedic knowledge, including food, herbs, pranayama, mantra, and meditation. While reminiscing on the benefits of Ayurveda this Dhanteras, our Ayurvedic practitioner at Birla Ayurveda shared that Dhanwantri is the ideal physician, embodying the knowledge of ayurveda and how it may be used in everyday life. One can access Ayurveda’s healing power by honouring Dhanvantari and his Ayurvedic teachings.
Dhanteras is a time for both inner and outer regeneration in addition to material success. Let’s all pray to the god Dhanwantri on Dhanteras to ask for his blessings for good health for ourselves and our families. May Dhanvantari, the universal healer, bestow upon you health and enduring joy!