The Dhanteras day, also known as Dhana Trayodashi or Dhanvantari Trayodashi, is observed as the day when Shri Vishnu incarnated as Shri Dhanvantari who is considered to be the Father of Ayurveda. The day is the thirteenth (Trayodashi) day of the Krishna Paksha or dark fortnight of the month of Karthika. The Dhanteras day is revered as the day of the Samudra Manthan or the churning of the ocean, when Shri Dhanvantari incarnated and Sri Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, appeared out of the ocean that was being churned by the Devas and the Asuras.
Shri Dhanvantari is invoked as the greatest protector and healer. The Dhanvantari Mantra is in praise of Shri Dhanvantari whom devotees humbly pray to for good health.
May Shri Dhanvantari and His consort Sri Mahalakshmi, bless you and your loved ones, with the greatest wealth of health, intellect and an abundance of all forms of material wealth.
ॐ श्री महालक्ष्म्यै च विद्महे
विष्णु पत्न्यै च धीमहि
तन्नो लक्ष्मी प्रचोदयात् ॐ॥
Om Shri Mahalakshmyai Cha Vidmahe
Vishnu Patnyai Cha Dheemahi
Tanno Lakshmi Prachodaya’at Om॥
Jai Shri Krishna