Happy Dhanteras

Today we celebrate Dhanwantri, the God of Ayurveda. While Dhanteras has become all about buying gold, health is the real wealth and Dhanwantri offers that wealth !

I had written about the Dhanwantri Vandana – May the World be healed at the peak of Wave 2. The shlokas can be chanted everyday ! Infact I keep chanting the first shloka while preparing any meal. It keeps me focused on the importance of food in keeping me, Krishnan and Amma healthy.

This is Bhagwan Dhanwantri at the Getwell Anjaneyar Temple, Tirunelveli. We visited in Feb 2019 with Seenu Mama and Amma.

We had visited the Getwell Anjaneyar temple in Tirunelveli in Feb 2019. The archakar (pandit) at this temple is Amma’s school friend’s son. The temple is dedicated to Anjaneyar but has a sannidhi (loose translation “shrine”) for Bhagwan Dhanwantri.

Vishnu comes in the form of Dhanwantri during the Samudra Manthan and brings the gift of Ayurveda for the world.

Just heard that the “Kabasura kudineer” or Ayurvedic Kaadha that was distributed in TamilNadu during both waves of Covid has been scientifically proven to be effective as a preventive measure. Do read – Study proves efficacy of ‘kabasurakudineer’, ‘athimathuram’ tablet.

Athimaduram is Licorice or Mulethi. It works wonders for sore throat.

When we landed in Chennai, Amma was still having slight cough and a sore throat. Kousalya gave her “Anjol” Aluppu Marunthu which gave immediate relief. That’s an age old Siddha medicine !

We have such a rich tradition of Ayurveda in our country and am glad it’s making a comeback. Whether it’s Giloy or Turmeric or Mulethi or good old Pepper – all these herbs have tremendous health benefits. Thanks to the pandemic we are rediscovering them !

Happy Dhanteras. Remember Health is the only true Wealth. May Bhagwan Dhanwantri bless the world with good health 🙏🙏

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