Dhanvantari Trayodashi marks the beginning of the 5 day long Diwali festival. As its name suggests,Dhanvantari Trayodashi is observed on the Trayodashi Tithi of the dark fortnight (Krishna Paksha). It’s celebration is associated with Lord Dhanvantari, the Physician of Gods. This Hindu Festival is celebrated along with Dhanteras and Dhantrayodashi, two days prior to the main Diwali Puja.
DHANVANTARI TRAYODASHI - OBSERVANCE AND SIGNIFICANCE
Dhanvantari Trayodashi is a day dedicated to Lord Dhanvantari and is celebrated as his birth anniversary. An incarnation of Lord Vishnu, he is the Father and Teacher of Ayurveda and the Physician of Gods.
According to a popular legend as stated in Hindu Scriptures, Lord Dhanvantari emerged out of a Sea on this day, due to the churning of the milky ocean (Samudra Manthan). He carried a pot of Elixir or Amrit in his hands. As per the Hindu Texts, this incarnation of Vishnu has four hands with pot of nectar, Conch Shell (Shankh), Herbs and Chakra in each hand. This is the reason, this day is also celebrated as the birth anniversary of Dhanvantari and is also known as Dhanvantari Jayanti. It is believed that he descended on this earth to protect the living beings from diseases, sorrows and provide them with a long and healthy life.
Lord Dhanvantari is worshipped by Ayurveda Practitioners all across India as well as by other people for a healthy physique and a long life.
This day is also observed as Dhanteras or Dhantrayodashi. People perform Lakshmi Puja and pray for wealth and prosperity. The tradition on this day is to bring Goddess Lakshmi home which is done through purchase of gold, silver and other jewels as well as utensils. Devotees clean their homes and offices in order to welcome Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth. Kuber Puja is also performed on this day.