New abode for Lord Dhanvantri
The Danvantri Arogya Peedam is building a temple for Lord Danvantri, God of Medicine, on the mantras written by 46 lakh devotees. Designed by Ganapathi Sthapathi, it has a 42-feet high gopuram. The Moolavar will be installed on December 13.
A TEMPLE is coming up for Lord Dhanvantri (the God of Medicine) on a three-acre land at Keezhpuduppet, two km from Walajapet bus stand on the Walajapet-Sholinghur Road in Vellore district.
It will be unique as the only deity in it would be the Moolavar (presiding deity), Lord Dhanvantri.
The Bhoomi Pooja was performedon June 23, 2004. But the pooja was done after receiving 50 crore Dhanvantri Mantras written by devotees from all over the world, and after 107 homams were performed in different parts of the country, over 15 months, beginning with the first homam in Arakonda, Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh, on March 13, 2003. S. Muralidharan, organiser of the Dhanvantri Arogya Peedam, Walajapet, which is building the temple, said that unlike other temples where metal `yantras' are placed beneath the foundation, the Dhanvantri Temple will be built on the `mantras' written by devotees, praying for the welfare of humanity.
So far, about 46 lakh devotees from 105 countries have sent in over 54 crore mantras.
The mantra by the devotees is as follows:
"Om Namo Bhagavathe Vasudevaya Danvantraye,
Amritha Kalasa Hasthaya,
Sri Maha Vishnave Namaha." The mantra means that Lord Danvantri, the incarnation of Lord Mahavishnu (the God of the Three Worlds), would provide the `Amirtham' (nectar) and protect his devotees from all kinds of diseases. .
The Mantra Pradhishtai was on November 28. It was preceded by Nakshatra Homams, performed for all the 27 nakshatrams (stars) for Lokatshemam (global welfare), followed by Dhampathi Pooja (worship by couples) and Gho Pooja (cow worship).
The presiding deity has already travelled to 64 places where homams were performed and the devotees were given the opportunity to worship the Moolavar before the construction of the temple.
The temple has been designed by Ganapathi Sthapathi, the highlight being the 42-feet-high gopuram, while the Moolavar has been sculpted beautifully by Lokanatha Sthapathi. The Adhara Peetam (pedestal) would be placed above a copper tube around which the mantras are placed in the basement beneath the imposing 15-feet-tall sanctum sanctorum.
About 1008 Sumangalis would be performing poojas for the mantras on December 13. Angurarpanam would be done and the presiding deity installed on the evening of December 13. Homams and Thrikala pooja would be done on December 14, while the Maha Kumbabhishekam would be performed between 9 and 10 a.m. on December 15.
P. V. V. MURTHI
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