Dhanvantari is the Hindu God of Medicine and A Form of Lord Vishnu. He is mentioned in the Puranas as The God of Ayurveda.
He, during the Samudramanthan arose from the ocean of milk with the nectar of immortality. It is also believed that Dhanvantari promulgated the practice of Ayurveda. Dhanvantari is depicted as Vishnu with four hands holding Shankha, Chakra , Jalauka and a Pot containing Amrita. His birthday is celebrated by the practitioners of Ayurveda every year on Dhanteras, two days before Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights.
Om Namobhagavathey Vasudevaya
Dhanvantraye Amritha Kalasahasthaaya
Shri Maha Vishnave Namaha
Oh lord ! Vasudeva Dhanvantari, He who holds the Kalasha full of nectar of immortality.He removes all fears and diseases. You are the well wisher and the preserver of the three worlds. You are reincarnation of lord Vishnu, empowered to heal the souls. We bow to you the lord of Ayurveda.
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The Shaiva scriptures narrate that God Shiva assumed the form of Sharabha to pacify Narasimha- the fierce man-lion avatar of Vishnu worshiped by Vaishnava sect. This form is popularly known as Sharabeshwara (“Lord Sharabha”) or Sharabeshwaramurti.
The Veda mantras affirm that all our sins are wiped off by chanting the powerful mantra of Sri Sharabha. Sage Veda Vyasa in his Linga Purana (96th Chapter) categorically says that those who worship Sri Sharabeshwara, will get rid of all the afflictions caused by bad dreams, chronic ailments, poisonous bites, besides the great disasters caused by earthquake, floods, cyclone, thunder, lightning and such bad conglomerations.
“Sarva Vigna Prasamanam, SarvaVyadiVinasanam
ArichakraPrasamanam, Sarva Dukka Vinasanam,
(Linga Purana – 96)
Avatar of Lord Sharabeshwara:
According to the Purana, Hiranya Kasipu, the demon king, due to augmented audacity and ego, proclaimed himself as ‘God’ and entreated everybody to worship him. His pious and upright son Sri Prahlada refuted his father’s action, by saying that Only Lord Vishnu (Narayana) is the protector of the universe. Out of rage and being exasperated by his son’s continued disobedience, one day Hiranya hit one of the pillars in his palace with his mace, to find out whether Lord Narayana was hiding there, as believed by his son. To make his devotee’s words come true, Lord Narayana appeared from inside the broken pillar, in the form of Narasimha, a man with a Lion’s head, who killed the demon King in an encounter. Unfortunately His anger and fierceness did not subside, even after annihilation of the demon and the three worlds trembled in fear. All the Devas headed by Lord Brahma appealed to Lord Shiva to appease the anger of Lord Narasimha. The compassionate Lord Shiva sent His lieutenant Agora Veerabhadra to do the job, but it went in vain. The ‘rajoguna’ caused by tasting the blood of the demon did not let Lord Narasimha to calm down. Veerabhadra unable to subdue Sri Narasimha, prayed to Lord Shiva to intervene. There appeared the most terrible form of a combination of man, bird and animal. It was a queer combination of man with Sharabha (Bird) and Yaali (animal), known and worshiped by the name Sri Sharabeshwara, being the Thirtieth avatar of Lord Shiva among His Sixty four incarnations.
Age: 9 ½ years
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