Lord Dhanvantri – Lord of Medicines


OM DHANVANTARAYE NAMAHA
 
Painting by Jaya Rama Dasa (1977) oil on canvas, for illustration in Shrimad Bhagavatam Copyright BBTI
The origins of the ancient healing science known as Ayurveda are lost in cosmic antiquity. According to the ancient text Charaka-samhita, this “Science of Life and Longevity” is eternal and is revealed in each universe in each of its infinite cycles of creation and destruction. This healing science is generally revealed by great sages or demigods. Occasionally, the Supreme Lord Himself descends as the avatara (incarnation) Dhanvantari and re-inaugurates the tradition of Ayurveda. This extremely rare appearance of God is recorded in the Vedic literature of ancient India.
Dhanvantari’s appearance is celebrated each year on the 13th day (trayodasi) of the waxing moon a few days before the Divali, corresponding to October 17 in this year of 1998. Follow these links to enjoy the story, and rare pictures, and even a recital of the stotra of the avatar of Dhanvantari.


The avatara of Dhanvantari appeared billions of years ago. Although an avatara is unborn, He takes His divine birth among the living beings to display His divine pastimes.
The First Appearrance of Dhanvantari
In this epoch (kalpa), He first appeared during the great churning of the cosmic milk ocean to deliver amrta (nectar) for the nourishment of the demigods. The churning of the milk ocean is one of the most famous episodes in Puranic history and is celebrated in major way every twelve years in the festival known as Kumbha Mela. The story is related in the Srimad Bhagavatam, a major work that describes the avataras in great detail. Here is what happened:
The great leader of the demigods Indra was riding on his elephant, when he came across Durvasa Muni. Seeing the great demigod, Durvasa offered him a special garland (mala). Indra accepted this garland and put it on the trunk of the elephant. The elephant threw the garland onto the floor, thus enraging Durvasa Muni. In a fit of anger, the sage explained that the garland was the dwelling of Sri (fortune) and was therefore to be treated as prasada. (1) Therefore cursed Indra and all the demigods to be bereft of all strength, energy, and fortune (Sri).
In the ensuing battles, the demigods were defeated in battle and the demons headed by Bali gained control of the universe. The demigods sought out the help of Lord Vishnu, who instructed them in the art of diplomacy. The demigods then entered into an alliance with the demons to jointly churn the ocean for the nectar of immortality and to share it among them. Of course, the demigods were told by Vishnu that He would arrange for them alone to obtain the nectar, which would empower them to defeat the demons.
All kinds of herbs were cast into the milk ocean and using Mandara mountain as the churning rod and Vasuki as the cord, they proceeded to churn the ocean. This churning was so arduous that Lord Vishnu Himself interceded in so many ways to aid the demigods: He was present as Lord Ajita pulling on the side of the gods, as Lord Kurma who supported the great Mandara mountain which was in danger of sinking, and Lord Vishnu Himself sat atop the Mountain infusing the demigods and the serpent Vasuki with energy. Many great beings and objects were produced from the ocean and were accepted by various demigods as offerings. Laksmi-devi, the goddess of fortune, appeared from the ocean and Vishnu and Her were reunited as husband and wife after having been separated for many ages.
Then as they continued churning, a very wonderful male person appeared. The Bhagavatam tells us, “He was strongly built; His arms were very long, stout and strong; His eyes were reddish, and His complexion was black. He was very young, He was garlanded with flowers, and His entire body was fully decorated with various ornaments.” (2)
Lord Dhanvantari was “dressed in yellow garments and wore brightly polished earrings made of pearl. The tips of His hair were anointed with oil and His chest was very broad. His body had all good features, and He was stout and strong as a lion. In His hand, He carried a jug of nectar.”
The demons stole the jug of nectar and Lord Vishnu appeared as Mohini, a beautiful woman, who fascinated the demons and recovered the nectar from them. The demigods took the nectar and drank it and were invigorated with energy. Thereafter, the demigods fought the demons and were victorious. They greatly rejoiced and worshipped Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi, the goddess of fortune, and resumed their position in the heavens.
Dhanvantari’s Second Appearance (3)
The second appearance occurred at the beginning of the reign of the current Manu in the second Dvapara-yuga, two billion years ago. Lord Vishnu foretold at the time of the churning that Dhanvantari would appear again in the human society and be offered sacrifices and worshipped by human beings. He would also teach them the science of Ayurveda. Dhanvantari at that time was residing in the heavens and Lord Indra seeing the misery of human beings afflicted by disease on earth, requested the Lord to teach Ayurveda to the human race.
At the same time, the King Dirghatamas of Kasi was performing penance, desiring a son. The king desired to propitiate Lord Dhanvantari for the sake of a son. Thereupon, Dhanvantari appeared to him and urged the king to choose a boon as he pleased. The king said, “O Lord, if You are pleased with me, be my son, bestower of my goal.” The Lord replied, “So be it,” and He vanished.
Lord Dhanvantari was then born in the royal household of Kasi. He developed ascetic tendencies even as a young boy and performed severe austerities. Lord Brahmawith great difficulty persuaded Him to accept lordship over the city of Kasi and since then He bacame known as Kasi-raja. As a king He prepared the samhitas on Ayurveda in eight divisions for the benefit of humanity.
Lord Dhanvantari’s teachings are recorded in the Agni Purana 279-289 as well as through the teachings of His disciple Susrutha.
The Bhagavatam states “smrta-matrarti-nasanah” One who remembers the name of Dhanvantari can be released from all disease.
A final note:
Those who are new to Vaishnava and Puranic thought may wonder at the purpose of the Lord’s array of avatars especially during the churning of the milk ocean. After all if God is all powerful, why couldn’t He accomplish all His ends at once? Why does He have to act through so many different forms? In answer to this, the Vedic literature affirms the omnipotence of the Lord in His various avatars. However, when the Lord descends, He Lord seamlessly fuses His serious purpose (in protecting the demigods and humanity) with sheer sport. In the form of Mohini, He enchants the demons and the demigods. As Lord Dhanvantari, He diminishes the misery of the world by teaching the medical sciences. As Lord Ajita, He enjoys assisting His devotees directly in their struggle for victory. At times He even desires His devotees to be glorified, which is why Lord Shiva drank the poison produced of the ocean. The poison turned his neck dark-blue, hence the name Nila-kantha. In short, although the devotees never stop glorifying the Lord, no one can fully understand His divine play (lila).
(1) Visnu Purana 3.10.12 
(2) Srimad Bhagavatam 8.8.32 
(3) The story of the second appearance is told with details in the Brahmanda-purana (2.3.67.10-24) and Bhava-prakasa (purva-khanda, 1) a minor Ayurvedic text.


Iconography of Lord Dhanvantari 
http://www.avatara.org/dhanvantari/dhanarca.html
(based on S.K.R. Rao’s Pratima kosha (1990)
According to the Visnu-dharmottara-purana (1.73.41) which is a major text on iconography, Dhanvantari is to be presented as suruupa (handsome), and priyada rsana (pleasant-looking) with two hands, each carrying amrta-kalasham (pots of nectar). According to the Ramayana, Dhanvantari held a water-pot (kamandal u) and a mendicant’s staff (danda) when He emerged from the ocean.
More frequently, the icons of Dhanvantari are four-armed, carrying a conch and discus in the upper arms, and a jalauaka (leech) and amrta-kalasha in the lower hands.
The Prapancha-sara-sangraha mentions several dhyana-slokas describing various forms for contemplation. He is dark-complexioned (kalambhodojivalaandgam) in yellow silken garments (kati-tala-vilasaccharu-pitambaradhyam) and four-armed (holding conch, discus, leech, and nectar pot). Another sloka describes Him as bathing Himself in with nectar flowing from two pots He holds over His head. This form is is to be visualized as seated on the devotee’s own head, or upon the lunar orb on a full-moon night. Yet another sloka describes Him as handsome (mano-haranga), with a tranquil face (prasanna-mukha-kamala), residing in the solar orb (ravi-bimbastha).
This illustration shows Lord Dhanvantari in His four-armed form holding the wheel (Sudarsana Chakra) and Conch (sankha) in the upper right and lefts hands as do most Vishnu incarnations. In the other two hands, there are the nectar pot (amrta-kalasha) and a herb. According to the Prapancha-sara sangraha, the Lord holds a leech (jalauaka) in place of the herb in His fourth hand.
“Within all of us is the archetype of the Divine healer. This Divine healer is the true healer in all beings, not any particular individual or special personality. To heal ourselves or others we must set it in motion within ourselves. Dhanvantari, an incarnation of the God Vishnu, …represents this truth in the tradition of Ayurveda. His statue is found at most Ayurvedic schools and clinics. It is a reminder that however much we know or skillfull we become, everything still depends on the grace of spiritual nature. Hence, this book is dedicated to the divine healer within you.” writes David Frawley in the dedication to his book, Ayurvedic Healing.
This illustration by Gail Frawley appears on the cover of Ayurvedic Healing Copyright 1989 Morson Publishing


This is a statue of Dhanvantari, sold online through JBL online. In this representation, there is a leech and a herb along with the conch and nectar pot.


This is an ancient Deity (arca-vigraha) of Lord Krishna currently located in Udupi, South India. Here Lord Krishna is dressed as Lord Dhanvantari and one can see the nectar pot (amrta-kalasha) in His hand. Particularly special is the moon in the background. The ancient text Prapancha-sara-sangraha descr ibes that one may meditate on Lord Dhanvantari situated on the lunar orb.
During Lord Krishna’s manifest pastimes five thousand years ago, His wife Queen Rukmini carved and worshipped this Krishna Deity in the kingdom of Dvaraka. 
This was eventually lost and finally rescued by Sri Madhva Acharya in the 13th century. Today one can see this ancient Krishna Deity worshipped in Udupi in the southern state of Karnataka, India. The complete details of this fascinating story are given in Madhva Vijaya, the biography of Madhvacharya, and the story is summarized at the Dvaita site. 
  
  
  
 
NOTE: 
This is incorrect information. The Deity was carved from a Shaligram stone by Vishvakarma and then given to Rukmini who worshipped the Deity during her time in Dwarka See more on my Madhwa page and Shaigram page on Udupi. 


Ancient Dhanvantari Archa-vighraha 
http://www.avatara.org/dhanvantari/dhanu.html
This is an ancient Deity (arca-vigraha) of Lord Dhanvantari that has been worshipped for 750 years in Udupi, South India. One can see the nectar pot (a mrta-kalasha) in the left hand of Dhanvantari. His Holiness Sugunendra Tirtha Swamiji from Udupi is currently on tour in the United States and worships this Deity of Lord Dhanvantari every day according to ancient Vedic rites. For info on his tour, see Dvaita Website.
Special thanks to the Swamiji from Udupi who was kind enough to give me the darshana and permission for photography of this Deity. 


This picture of the Deity of Lord Dhanvantari is a one off, they don’t allow pictures of Him at this temple in South India. It was given to me as a gift a few years ago, I believe the Deity is either in Melkote or Sri Rangam.


Sri Dhanvantri Mantra
Om Namo Bhagavate 
Maha Sudharshana 
Vasudevaya Dhanvantaraye; 
Amrutha Kalasa Hasthaaya 
Sarva Bhaya Vinasaya 
Sarva Roka Nivaranaya 
Thri Lokya Pathaye 
Thri Lokya Nithaye 
Sri Maha Vishnu Swarupa 
Sri Dhanvantri Swarupa 
Sri Sri Sri 
Aoushata; chakra Narayana Swaha
“Obeisances unto the Supreme Bhagavan known as Sudarshana Vasudev Dhanvantari, the holder of the Kalasha full of nectar of imortality, who removes all fears, who removes all diseases, the well wisher of the three worlds, and sustainer of the three worlds, He is Vishnu swarup, by the name Dhanvantari empowered to heal the Jiva souls.”


English Translation and Recitation by Dr. Vasant Lad
This ancient stotra glorifies the divine form of Lord Dhanvantari. The Sanskrit text below has been translated and recited by Dr. Vasant Lad of the Ayurvedic Institute (Copyright 1994)
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OM DHANVANTARAYE NAMAHA


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Kalasarpa Dosham

What is Kalasarpa dosha?

In any native’s chart, the remaining seven houses are in the clutches of Rahu and Ketu is called Kalasarpa dosha..
Savya Kala Sarpa Dosham: 

From Rahu to Ketu all the houses are filled it is Savya Kalasarpa Dosham 

Apasavya Kala Sarpa Dosham 

From Ketu to Rahu all the houses are filled, it is called Apasavya Kala Sarpa Dosham. 

In Astrological science, Rahu is termed as the Head and Ketu is termed as tail of Sarpa. The Vedic pundits terms that the Kalasarpa yogam is most dangerous one in ones life span. 

In the natal chart from lagna to seventh house if this yoga is there the first half is more miserable and from seventh house to twenth house, the second half of the life is harmful. In the natal chart if other yogas are not there, the native will be jobless; habitituated to bad habits leads miserable life, unmarried. etc., 

If in the natal chart: 

1. From Ravi is placed from Rahu in 8th house it is termed as Sarpa Dosha. 

2. From Chandra to 8th house, Rahu or Ketu it is termed as Sarpa Dosha 

3. From natives’ horoscope, from lagna 6, 7, and 8 houses is Rahu is there it is Sarpa Dosha. 

4. From lagna of either Rahu or Ketu are placed in Trokona it is Sarpa dosha. 

Different Types of Kala Sarpa Yogams

1. From lagna to seventh house the planets are (Ravi,Chandra,Kuja,Budha,Guru,Sukra and Sani) are placed between Rahu and Ketu is know Ananta Kala Sarpa Dosham.

EFFECTS: Troubles in family life, and chronic health problems.

2.From Second house to seventh house if these planets are placed it is known as GULIKA KALASARPA DOSHAM

EFFECTS: Financial and domestic troubles.

3. From third house to ninth house, it is known as VASUKI KALA SARPA DOSHAM.

EFFECTS: Problems with brothers and sisters

4.From Forth house to tenth house, it is known as SANKAPALA KALA SARPA DOSHAM.

EFFECTS; Problems with mother, vehicles and at residence.

5. From Fifth house to eleventh house, it is known as PADMAKALA SARPA YOGAM.

EFFECTS: Problems with spouse/husband and with children.

6.From Sixth house to twelfth house it is known as MAHA PADMA KALA SARPA DOSHAM.

EFFECTS: Health problems, debts, problems with enemies.

7. From seventh house to lagna, it is known as TAKSHAKA KALA SARPA YOGAM.

EFFECTS: Loss in business and problems in matrimonial life.

8. From eight house to second house, it is known as KARKOTAKA KALA SARPA YOGAM.

EFFECTS: Problems with wife and accidents.

9. From ninth house to third house, it is known as SANKACHOODA KALA SARPA YOGAM.

EFFECTS: Problems with father, heavy bad luck etc.,

10. From tenth house to fourth house, it is known as GHATAKA KALA SARPA YOGAM.

EFFECTS: Problem in business and job fonts.

11. From eleventh house to fifth house, it it known as VISHADHARA KALA SARPA YOGAM.

EFFECTS:: Problems in financial business terms.

12. From twenth house to sixth house, it is known as SESHANAGA KALA SARPA YOGAM.

EFFECTS: Mounting expenditure and severe problems with enemies.

Note: For remedies please be in touch with our team

Kalasarpa Dosha to the natives on date and year wise

As we are aware that all the planets are under the clutches of Rahu and Ketu is called Kalasarpa Dosha. The native who born during this period may not get benefits especially when its’ especially during Rahu or Ketu Dasa. It is our endeavor to give the dates and years who are are subjected to Kalasarpa Dosha. If proper remedies are made, it will bless the native with all benefits and take them to higher positions.
The natives born during the under noted period are subjected to Kalasarpa Dosha during 1980:
From January 15 to January 25, 1980
From April 11 to April 26, 1980
From May 9 to May 23, 1980
From September 5 to September 21, 1980
From October 3 to October 18, 1980
From October 30 to December 12, 1980
From December 24 to December 31, 1980
The natives born during the under noted period are subjected to Kalasarpa Dosha during 1981:
From January 1, 1981 to January 8, 1981
From January 21, 1981 to January 26, 1981
From August 27, 1981 to September 11, 1981
From September 23, 1981 to October 9, 1981
From October 20, 1981 to November 5, 1981
From November 17, 1981 to December 2, 1981
From December 14, 1981 to December 22, 1981
The natives born during the under noted period are subjected to Kalasarpa Dosha during 1982:
From August 17, 1982 to August 28, 1982
From September 12, 1982 to September 26, 1982
From October 9, 1982 to October 22, 1982
From November 6, 1982 November 20, 1982
The natives born during the under noted period are subjected to Kalasarpa Dosha during 1983:
From July 13, 1983 to July 21, 1983
From August 3, 1983 to August 17, 1983
From September 1, 1983 to September 14, 1983
From September 27, 1983 to October 11, 1983
From October 14, 1983 to November 7, 1983
From November 20, 1983 to November 27, 1983
The natives born during the under noted period are subjected to Kalasarpa Dosha during 1984:
There is no kalasarpa dosha during the year 1984
The natives born during the under noted period are subjected to Kalasarpa Dosha during 1985:
From January 18, 1985 to January 28, 1985
From February 12, 1985 to February 26, 1985
From March 10, 1985 to March 25, 1985
From April 6, 1985 to April 15, 1985
From December 8, 1985 to December 23, 1985
The natives born during the under noted period are subjected to Kalasarpa Dosha during 1986:
From January 5, 1986 to January 19, 1986
From February 1, 1986 to February 16, 1986
From February 28, 1986 to March 15, 1986
From March 28, 1986 to April 11, 1986
From September 18, 1986 to September 20, 1986
From October 3, 1986 to October 17, 1986
From October 30, 1986 to November 13, 1986
From November 26, 1986 to December 11, 1986
From December24, 1986 to December 31, 1986
The natives born during the under noted period are subjected to Kalasarpa Dosha during 1987:
From January 1, 1987 to January 7, 1987
From January 20, 1987 to February 3, 1987
From November17, 1987 to December , 1987
From December14, 1987 to December 28, 1987
The natives born during the under noted period are subjected to Kalasarpa Dosha during 1988:
From January 10, 1988 to January 21, 1988
The natives born during the under noted period are subjected to Kalasarpa Dosha during 1989:
There is no kalasarpa dosha during the year 1989
The natives born during the under noted period are subjected to Kalasarpa Dosha during 1990:
There is no kalasarpa dosha during the year 1990
The natives born during the under noted period are subjected to Kalasarpa Dosha during 1991:
From February 12, 1991 to February 27, 1991
From March 12, 1991 to March 26, 1991
From April 8, 1991 to April 11, 1991
The natives born during the under noted period are subjected to Kalasarpa Dosha during 1992, 1993, 1994:
There is no kalasarpa dosha during the year 1992, 1993, 1994
The natives born during the under noted period are subjected to Kalasarpa Dosha during 1995:
From November 1, 1995 to November 7, 1995
From November 20, 1995 to December 4, 1995
From December 16, 1995 to December 30, 1995
The natives born during the under noted period are subjected to Kalasarpa Dosha during 1996:
From January 12, 1996 to January 26, 1996
From February 8, 1996 to February 22, 1996
The natives born during the under noted period are subjected to Kalasarpa Dosha during 1997:
From February 1, 1997 to February 12, 1997
From February 24, 1997 to March 11, 1997
From March 24, 1997 to March 26, 1997
The natives born during the under noted period are subjected to Kalasarpa Dosha during 1998:
From April 1, 1998 to April 9, 1998
From April 22, 1998 to May 6, 1998
From May 19, 1998 to May 31, 1998
From June 15, 1998 to June 30, 1998
From July 13, 1998 to July 27, 1998
From August 10, 1998 to August 23, 1998
From September 6, 1998 to September 17, 1998
The natives born during the under noted period are subjected to Kalasarpa Dosha during 1999:
There are no Kalasarpa Dosha during the year
The natives born during the under noted period are subjected to Kalasarpa Dosha during 2000:
From February 14, 2000 to February 19, 2000
From March 2, 2000 to March 13, 2000
From March 30, to April 13, 2000
From April 26, 2000 to May 11, 2000
From May 23, 2000 to June 7, 2000
From July 17, 2000 to July 30, 2000

The Power of Mantras

“Om Suklam Baradaram Vishnum Sasivarnam Chaturbhujam
Prasannavadanam Dyaye Sarva Vignopa Santaye”
According to Hindu mythology, any person who starts any work in any day will recite the above mantra. The above mantra is to please Lord Vigneswara to bestow His blessing on him in the work to be completed without any obstacles. Without performing puja by reciting the above mantra to the Lord, no one starts any venture and to that effect any work.
Mantras are more powerful tools to the common persons in this Yuga to fulfill their desires and ward of negative effects. Historically, power of mantras have been tested time and again. Mantras are nothing but a combination of combination of words. If mantras uttered rhythmically and repeatedly, the mantras create a vibration that lead to an ultimate well being of a person. The whole existence of the world is nothing but a vibration of energy. Where there is a vibration, there is bound to be sound. The whole existence is nothing but sound. Mantras also contain sound and it becomes the source of enormous vibrations and infinite power. Mantras also contain sound, the sound of God. Mantras were revealed to our sages for the benefit of the mankind by God himself.
Almost all Vedic Mantras start with the basic mantra ‘OM’ that is the expressive sound symbol of God. These mantras are very powerful and when uttered repeatedly with utmost faith, devotion and dedication, they become the source of the infinite power.
According to Gita, there are three ways to realize God viz., Jnana Yoga, Karma Yoga and Bhakti Yoga. In the present Kali Yuga, Bhakti yoga has been stated to give immediate results.
If mantras are chanted mechanically, it is of no use except waste of time. Total devotion and surrender to the deity to whom the mantra is supposed to propriate is a must. Your faith in the Lord has to be total. Then only, you will be able to reach the goal and be benefited by the blessings of God.
Mantras are more powerful if uttered with utmost devotion, dedication and in totality. In fact, a common man, a manta is an occult formula to remove various worries and troubles. It is a tool to get one’s desire fulfilled through positive vibrations.

List of Chantings, Mantras, Slokas & Aaratis

Please click on a link below to access the specified information
Adithya Hrudayam / Suryasthakam
The Sloka to welcome the Sun God


Pujas

Puja is a sacred practice that Hindu people perform on different occasions to worship, pray or show respect to their deities. Puja is considered as an act of showing reverence to the almighty through invocations, prayers (mantra, slokas), songs (bhajans), and rituals. According to Hinduism, Pooja makes a spiritual connection between the deity and the devotee.

Usually Hindus pray once or twice in a day. There are many different types of pujas for inaugurations, marriages, birthdays etc. in the Hindu religion. Puja is generally observed after a shower. And it is recommended that rituals should be performed before eating to make sure sattvic (holy) qualities and concentration (dhyana) of the devotee.

The Idol Worship – Murti Puja
The image, icon or any other symbol of the god during puja becomes the means of gaining access to the almighty. Although, the idol is not the god itself but it is considered to be filled with the god’s celestial powers. The idols are created as containers for spiritual power that make the devotee to experience the direct communication with the god. 

The idol acts as a medium to respect and honour, the god. Idol Worship doesn’t stand for blind faith but it shows the feelings of a devotee towards the god. The beautiful images of the divine which are always observed show that people consider God in the ultimate manner. The images serve as visual metaphors to express the invisible divine reality. This section covers the following puja:

Budha Puja
Budha Puja or Mercury Puja is dedicated to planet Mercury. Budha Puja on Wednesdays brings in manifold benefits like eliminating difficulties, healthy progeny, possession of fertile lands etc. Following things are associated with Buddha- the Mercury:

Chandra Puja
Chandra Puja is dedicated to Lord Chandra, the Moon God. Grah Shanti Chandra Puja (Moon Worship) is recommended to those, having malefic Chandra or wrongly placed moon as per the horoscope. The following list includes couple of things associated with Chandra.

Guru Puja
Guru or Brihaspati Puja is dedicated to planet Jupiter. Grah Shanti Guru Pooja (Worship of Jupiter) is recommended to those, having malefic guru or wrongly placed Jupiter as per the horoscope. Here is list comprising a couple of things associated with Guru / Brihaspati.

Hanuman Puja
Hanuman Pooja is really beneficial for all those who want to attain strength, wisdom and knowledge. The worship of Shri Hanuman ji, the monkey God cures all illness and gives courage to fight the illness. Hanuman Puja provides peace of mind as well. Following things are required for Hanuman Puja. 

How to do Puja
Puja is a sacred practice of reverence, honor, adoration or worship from the devotee towards the Almighty. Puja could mean different things to different people. For Puja, all you need to have is a devoted heart full of love for the divine. The merciful God overlooks the shortcomings of men if they follow the path of spirituality with devotion.

Kali Puja
Kali Puja is a passionate prayer to the fearsome, ferocious goddess. The aim of Kali Puja is to seek the help of Maa Kali in destroying evil, both in the outside world and within us. It is believed that Kali Puja is performed to diminish ego and all negative tendencies that hamper spiritual growth.

Ketu Puja
Ketu (Dragon’s Tail) Puja is dedicated to planet Ketu. Grah Shanti Ketu Pooja (Worship of Dragon’s Tail) is recommended for those, having malefic Ketu or wrongly placed Ketu as per the horoscope. Following things are associated with Ketu (dragon’s tail):

Mangal Puja
Mangal Puja or Mars Worship is dedicated to planet Mars. Grah Shanti Mangal Pooja liberates one from debts, poverty and skin problems. Here is a list of things associated with Mangal (Mars).

Rahu Puja
Rahu Puja or the Dragon’s Head Worship is dedicated to planet Rahu. Grah Shanti Rahu Pooja is recommended for those, having malefic Rahu or wrongly placed Rahu as per the horoscope.

Satyanarayan Puja
Satyanarayan Puja can be performed on any day. However, Purnima (Full Moon Night) and Sakranti are considered as the most auspicious days for Satyanarayan Pooja. The appropriate time of Puja is regarded in the evening but prayers in the morning will also work.

Shani Puja
Shani Puja is done to appease planet Saturn. Grah Shanti Shani Pooja (Worship of Saturn) is sought for mental peace and to get rid of various diseases. Following things are associated with Shani (Saturn).

Shukra Puja
Shukra (Venus) Puja is done to appease planet Venus. Grah Shanti Shukra Pooja is recommended to those, having malefic shukra or wrongly placed Venus as per the horoscope.

Surya Puja
Surya Puja or Sun Worship is dedicated to Lord Surya. Grah Shanti Surya Puja or Sun worship is recommended to those, having malefic surya or wrongly placed sun as per the horoscope.

Tulsi Puja
Tulsi is a sacred plant which can be found in almost every Hindu’s home. Tulsi Pooja (Worship of Tulsi) is observed almost every day. Following things are required for Tulsi Puja.

Dhanwantari Mantra

Lord Dhanwantari is regarded as the god of ayurvedic medicine (Ayurveda) in the Hindu religion. People pray to Dhanvantari, asking him for improved or good health for themselves and for others. Dhanvantri Mantra forms the part of prayers offered to the lord. Mantra of Dhanwantari with its meaning is as follows:
“Om Namo Bhagavate 
Maha Sudharshana 
Vasudevaya Dhanvantaraye; 
Amrutha Kalasa Hasthaaya 
Sarva Aamaya Vinasanaya 
Sarva Roga Nivaranaya 
Thri Lokya Pathaye 
Thri Lokya Nithaye 
Sri Maha Vishnu Swarupa 
Sri Dhanvantri Swarupa 
Sri Sri Sri 
Aoushada Chakra Narayana Swaha”
Meaning: We pray to the God, who is also known as Sudarshana Vasudev Dhanvantari. He holds the Kalasha full of nectar of immortality. Lord Dhanvantri removes all fears and removes all diseases. He is the well wisher and the preserver of the three worlds. Dhanvantari is like Lord Vishnu, empowered to heal the Jiva souls. We bow to the Lord of Ayurveda.

Mantra Power

Mantras are powerful sounds and when chanted with devotion produce enormous effects. Mantras are well-off in their meanings and their meaning can be meditated while chanting. As the mind concentrates more and more on mantra and its meaning, it conditions the mind and takes up to the higher states and forms the path to salvation – the eternal bliss. Read on to know about the significance of mantra…

The Vedas are full of mantras, therefore have been kept for ages in their raw form to use in the different practices like patha, karma, jata, gana, patas. It has been done to ensure that the chanter clearly interprets the correct letters and sound for each letter (svara). People are advised to chant the mantras only when they know the correct pronunciation of it. That is how mantras are kept against deterioration with time.

Mantras Are Energy-Based Sounds
Sound is the foremost content of the creation. Mantras are divine sounds. Saying any word produces an actual physical vibration. Over time, if we know what the effect of that vibration is, then the word may come to have meaning associated with the effect of saying that vibration or word. Mantras appear really powerful when this sound effect reaches the mind and the surroundings. 

Mantras Create Thought-Energy Waves
Mantra, when chanted sincerely produces a state where the organism vibrates at the rate completely in tune with the energy and spiritual state, represented by and contained within the mantra. 

Mantra Have Fire-Like Energy
Mantras have fire like energy which can bring a positive and beneficial result, or it can produce an energy meltdown when misused or practiced without some guidance. There are certain mantra formulas which are so exact, so specific and so powerful that they must be learned and practiced under careful supervision by a qualified guru. 

Mantras Eventually Quiet the Mind
At a deep level, subconscious mind is a collective consciousness of all the forms of primitive consciousnesses which exist throughout the physical and subtle bodies. Sincere use of mantra can excavate into subconscious crystallized thoughts stored in the organs and glands and transform these bodily parts into repositories of peace. 

A mantra is a powerful word or phrase that may or may not have meaning in the same way as a sentence. Mantras can only be experienced, there is no proper term to define them and phrase them. That is why; they get passed from generation to generation.

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