Dhanvantari is considered the father of Ayurvedic medicine.

We find his traces from the Vedas and the Puranas, scriptures of Hinduism, where he is regarded as a human manifestation of Vishnu (a secondary avatar), physician of the gods (devas) and himself sacred "god" of medicine.

He is called TANRANDIRIBAGAVAN in Tamil Nadu.
It is common nowadays that for practicing Hindus allege Lord Dhanvantari to protect or improve their health and that of their relatives.

Dhanvantari was an early pioneer of Ayurvedic medicine, but also one of the first surgeons in the world. According to Hindu tradition, he is the source of ayurveda. He has developed many medicinal herbal and is considered the discoverer of antiseptic and protective saffron salt that he included in his cures.

Very skilled surgeon, he is regarded as the ancestor of plastic surgery, but also of the fixing surgery, very useful during the many wars that raged at the time.

All operations were developed without anesthesia, but despite this, he had very good results.

According to tradition, he passed his expertise SUSRUTHA, the father of Ayurvedic surgery.


Dhanvantari is depicted as Vishnu with four arms, holding herbs in one hand and a container containing AMRITA, ambrosia or nectar of immortality in the other. (NB: Vishnu represents the aspect of permanent universal manifestation (demonstration TRIMURTI = triple) while Brahma is the emerging area - creator - and the final appearance Shiva - destroyer, transformer), the other two arms bear attributes of Vishnu: the conch and the disc (chakra). The representations may vary.

The Puranas say that Dhanvantari were submerged in the ocean of milk with his vase of ambrosia when churning the milk ocean by the devas and asuras, before being caught by the container Mohini who gave the asuras (demons)


Every year is celebrated the feast of Dhanvantari, the Dhan Teras, two days before Diwali, the festival of lights, which is depending on the year in October orNovember.