Dhanvantari: 13 definitions


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In Hinduism

Shilpashastra (iconography)

Source: Shodhganga: The significance of the mūla-beras (śilpa)

Dhanvantari Perumāl is the name of a deity depicted at the Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam (Śrī Raṅgam), which represents a sacred place for the worship of Viṣṇu.—The [Dhanvantari] Perumāl here is found in standing posture with four hands. The upper hands hold cakra and śaṅkha in the right and the left in kartarīmukha-hasta. The lower right hand holds kaṭaka-mudrā where there is a lotus and the lower left hand is held in varada-hasta.

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Shilpashastra (शिल्पशास्त्र, śilpaśāstra) represents the ancient Indian science (shastra) of creative arts (shilpa) such as sculpture, iconography and painting. Closely related to Vastushastra (architecture), they often share the same literature.

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Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Wisdom Library: Bhagavata Purana

Dhanvantari (धन्वन्तरि):—Son of Rāṣṭra (son of Kāśi). He was the inaugurator of medical science (Āyurveda) and an incarnation of Vāsudeva (Viṣṇu). He had a son called Ketumān. (see Bhāgavata Purāṇa 9.17.4)

Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopedia

1) Dhanvantari (धन्वन्तरि).—A deva who was a preceptor in Āyurveda. Origin. The devas and asuras together churned the milky ocean, Kṣīrābdhi, to salvage Amṛta (Nectar) from it. After thousand years there arose from the ocean a deva with a Kamaṇḍalu (water-pot of ascetics) in one hand and a daṇḍa in the other. That deva was Dhanvantari, (Śloka 31, Sarga 45, Bāla Kāṇḍa, Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa). (See full article at Story of Dhanvantari from the Puranic encyclopaedia by Vettam Mani)

2) Dhanvantari (धन्वन्तरि).—(Amṛtācārya). An eminent medical scientist born in the ambaṣṭha caste. There is no reference anywhere in the Purāṇas regarding any relationship between the two Dhanvantaris. There is the following story about Amṛtācārya in Ambaṣṭhācāracandrikā.

2) Once Gālava Maharṣi went to the forest to collect darbha and firewood. He walked for long and felt thristy and hungry. Then he saw a girl coming that way with water and Gālava quenched his thirst taking water from her. Pleased with her the Maharṣi blessed her saying "May you get a good son." The girl replied that she was still unmarried. Gālava then made a figure of a male with darbha and told her to get a child from that figure. She was a Vaiśya girl named Vīrabhadrā and she got a beautiful child of that darbha male. Because the boy was born to a Vaiśya of a brahmin male he belonged to the Ambaṣṭha caste. The boy was named Amṛtācārya.

Source: archive.org: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Dhanvantari (धन्वन्तरि) is the name of a deity, as defined in the Śivapurāṇa 1.16. Accordingly, “[...] the worship of Brahman, Dhanvantari and of the twin deities—Aśvins alleviates ailments, prevents foul death and suppresses all sickness instantaneously”.

Note: Dhanvantari, said to be the physician of the Gods was produced at the churning of the ocean with a cup of Amṛta in his hands. He is the supposed author of the Āyurveda, the Indian medical science.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Dhanvantari (धन्वन्तरि).—An avatār of Viṣṇu; a son of Dīrghatam(p)as, the originator of the Āyurveda, and the father of Ketuman.1 According to one account he appeared during the Amṛtamathana, when Hari called Dh. Abja (Aja, Vāyu-purāṇa). who wanted to be his son and blessed him to be a teacher of Āyurveda and be born as the son of Kāśi's king Dīrghatapas; was king of Kāśi and cured all diseases.2

  • 1) Bhāgavata-purāṇa I. 3. 17; II. 7. 21; IX. 17. 4-5; Matsya-purāṇa 47. 30.
  • 2) Bhāgavata-purāṇa VIII. 8. 35; Matsya-purāṇa 251. 1 and 4: Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 67. 7-10: 72. 3: IV. 9. 74-5; 10. 3-5; 20. 52; Vāyu-purāṇa 92. 7-22; 97. 3; Viṣṇu-purāṇa I. 9. 98-108; IV. 8. 8-11.
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

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Source: WikiPedia: Hinduism

Dhanvantari (धन्‍वंतरी): An avatar of the Hindu God Vishnu. Dhanvantari appears in the Vedas as the physician of the gods, and is the god of Ayurvedic medicine.

Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

dhanvantari (धन्वंतरि).—m (S) The physician of the gods, one of the fourteen precious products of the ocean when churned. Hence appellatively, a skilful physician, an æsculapius. 2 A medicine-bag or case which physicians carry about.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

dhanvantari (धन्वंतरि).—m The physician of the gods; a skilful physician, a medicine-case.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Dhanvantari (धन्वन्तरि).—

1) Name of the physician of the gods, said to have been produced at the churning of the ocean with a cup of nectar in his hand; cf. चतुर्दशरत्न (caturdaśaratna).

2) Name of the nine Ratnas at the court of Vikramāditya.

3) Name of a deity to whom oblations were offered to the North-east quarter; Ms.3.85.

4) Name of the sun; Mb.3.3.25.

Derivable forms: dhanvantariḥ (धन्वन्तरिः).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Dhanvantari (धन्वन्तरि).—m.

(-riḥ) 1. The physician of the gods, who was produced at the churning of the ocean. 2. A celebrated physician; also kāśirāja, being the same as the preceding in another existence: he appears to have been the founder of the Hindu medical school. 3. The sun. 4. A name of Siva. 5. One of the nine gems of the court of Vikramaditya. dhanoḥ tannimitta śalyasya antaṃ pāraṃ ṛcchati ṛ gatauin kicca . samudrotthite devavaidyabhede .

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Dhanvantari (धन्वन्तरि).—[masculine] [Name] of a cert. [mythological] being, [Epithet] of the Sun, in [later language] the physician of the gods.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Dhanvantari (धन्वन्तरि) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—[+dhanvantari] Auṣadhaprayoga. Oppert. 1168. Kālajñana. B. 4, 220. Cikitsātattvajñāna. Quoted in Brahmavaivartapurāṇa Oxf. 22^b. Cikitsādīpikā. Oudh. Iii, 20. Cikitsāsāra. B. 4, 224. Bālacikitsā. B. 4, 230. Yogacintāmaṇi med. Bhr. 371. Yogadīpikā med. B. 4, 230. Vidyāprakāśacikitsā. L. 1446.

2) Dhanvantari (धन्वन्तरि):—[†dhanvantari] Nibandhasaṃgraha. Vaidyabhāskarodaya. Vaidyavidyāvinoda.

3) Dhanvantari (धन्वन्तरि):—Āyurvedasārāvalī.

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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