What is Dhanteras and Dhanwantri Jayanti?
Dhanteras is celebrated two days before Diwali on the Trayodashi day of the Krishna Paksha of the Kartik month, as per the Vikram Samvat calendar. If the Dhanteras conciliation is broken, “Dhan” denotes prosperity and “Teras” denotes the thirteenth day. According to legend, Lord Dhanvantari was born on this day as the ocean was being stirred up. For this reason, it is also known as Dhanvantari Jayanti. According to Ayurveda, Dhanteras, which means Lord “Dhanvantari Jayanti,” is the time when people worship nature, medicine, greenery, and the wealth that nature provides.
Lord Dhanvantari is also called the god of health. He is considered to be a four-armed avatar of Lord Vishnu. Conch shells and chakras are held in the upper two arms, and a metal nectar urn and a medicine pot are held in the lower two arms, respectively. We are all aware of how pure brass utensils are and how revered brass is in Hinduism. In Hinduism, objects made of brass and copper are employed in sacred works. This is the rationale behind the custom of purchasing brass utensils on Dhanteras.
National Ayurveda Day will be celebrated by the Indian government on Dhanteras.
Real Significance of Dhanteras
After the Mughals, Turks, Mongols, Dutch, and British ruled over India, it appears that old knowledge—including science, religion, spirituality, literature, and education—was lost. The beautiful knowledge that our great sages imparted to us Indians cost us our hands, or rather, the practice of slavery put an end to the tradition of the reason that served as the foundation of our Sanatan Dharma. Sanatani has always been logical, not just for those who accept what others say because the day you begin adhering to a religion solely on the basis of faith is the day you lose out on discovery. Our Vedas teach us to be forward-thinking, logical, scientific, religious, spiritual, and charitable.
Dhanteras’ relation with wealth
Today, we identify Dhanteras with things like gold, silver, diamond jewellery, money, and bungalows, forgetting the true meaning of the celebration. This post aims to help you comprehend the true significance of Dhanteras. Worshipping Lord Dhanvantari, who is revered as the deity of Ayurveda and medicine, is the primary motivation for the Dhanteras celebration. There are one hundred different kinds of death, according to Lord Dhanvantari. There is just one death among them; all the others die before their time. The term “diagnostic” or “treatment” refers to the process of preventing premature mortality.
The real importance of Dhanteras
The real importance of Dhanteras is to worship for one’s health and not the lust for wealth. It is also said in our scriptures, ‘First happiness is a healthy body, second happiness is Maya in the house. Meaning, the place of Lakshmi ji comes after health. Therefore, in the five-day festival (Dhanteras, Roop Chaturdashi, Diwali, Govardhan Puja, and Bhai Dooj) of the holy month of Kartik, first of all, Dhanteras is asked to pray to God to be healthy in Dhanvantari Puja and to perform Lakshmi Puja on Deepawali. These five-day festivals show us the path of health, and prosperity, driving away the darkness with light, food-prosperity and intensification of relationships respectively.
Unfortunately, we also equate the birthday of the deity of health, Dhanwantri, with wealth, despite the fact that no amount of wealth in the world can guarantee good health. The medicine and the message of a healthy lifestyle were not as important to us as the bronze vase of Lord Dhanvantari was. The genuine meaning of Dhanteras should be celebrated, and the message of a healthy lifestyle should take precedence over empty Kalash. I believe you now understand the true significance and meaning of Dhanteras. Let’s try together to help preserve our rich and ancient culture by attempting to explain to the people of our sages the spiritual and scientific justifications for our festivals.
Prayer on Dhanteras
On the day of Dhanteras, we pray that Lord Dhanvantari, the father of Ayurveda, may heal the entire planet and provide human society with a long life. The blessing of good family health, please. The true purpose of Dhanvantari Jayanti (Dhanteras) is to achieve nature’s unbounded compassion by achieving compatibility with it. The four Purusharthas—Dharma, Artha, Kama, and Moksha—according to Ayurveda, may only be accomplished via longevity and a healthy physique.
To please Lord Dhanvantari, recite this mantra.
Devan Krishan Sursanghani Peedtangan, drashta dayalur mritam vipartu kamah payodhi manthan vidhau prakato bhavadhau dhanvantarih sa bhagwanvatat sada nah Om Dhanvantari Devaya Namah Dhyanarthe Akshat Pushpani Samarpayami"
Additionally, Lord Dhanvantari has a straightforward mantra for worship:
“Om Dhanvantraye Namah”
In addition to this, there is one other mantra:
"Om namo bhagwate mahasudarshanay vasudevay dhanvantaraye. Amrit Kalash hastay sarvabhay vinashay sarvarog nivaranay. Shri Maha Vishnu Sawaroopay, triloknathay. Ausadh chakray naranayany namah, Shri Dhanvanatari Swaroopaya, Shri, Shri, Shri."
Meaning: We pray to Sudarshan Vasudev Dhanvantari, the Lord, who is depicted holding a jug that contains the nectar of immortality. May Lord Dhanvantari cure all of our illnesses and dispel all dread. Lord Vishnu, who manifests as Lord Dhanvantari, is our foster parent, protector of the three worlds, and endowed with the ability to restore souls. We bow to you.