"Om Namo Bhagavathe Vasudevaaya, Dhanwanthare Amrutha Kalasa, Hasthaaya Sarvamaya Vinaasaaya, Thrilokya Naadhaaya Mahavishnave Namaha!”
Sree Dhanwanthari Temple at Nelluvai, is one of the most prominent and ancient temples of Lord Dhanwanthari in India. The legend states that the idol at the
temple was installed by Ashwani Devas and it was the same idol worshipped by Sri. Vasudevar in the Dwapara Yuga. Hence the inference that the origin of the
temple dates back more than 5000 years.
Lord Dhanwanthari is another manifestation of Lord Maha Vishnu and this was detailed in Srimad Bhagavatham. The lord emerged from the ocean during Paalaazhi Mdhanam (churning out the milky ocean), with the four hands, carrying, the divine Sankhu (Conch),Holy Chakram (Wheel), Amrutham (Divine Nector), and Jalookham (Leech), respectively. Leach is used in Ayurvedic theraphy to suck out bad blood to cure certain diseases. This signifies the lord as God of Medicine and physicians of all branches of medicine worship him as their Upaasana Murthy