Healed by the grace of God

Priest performing prayer rituals at one of the 468 Shiva linga in the grounds of the Danvantri temple. Visitors are not allowed to photograph the statue of the deity.

By T Selva

I HAD heard of many people experiencing divine healing after they had given grace to a unique deity in India. Moved by their stories, I travelled to India last week to visit the temple of Lord Danvantri, located in the remote village of Walajapet, 160km from Chennai. The temple’s unusual statue wears a stethoscope and watch like a surgeon because the deity is the Hindu god of medical science.

Danvantri is an avatar of Mahavishnu’s 12th incarnation in the Hindu tradition and, according to ancient records, he introduced medicine to the world. He appears in the scriptures as physician to the gods and god of ayurvedic medicine; those who worship this deity are said to be assured of a disease-free life.

It is commonly believed in India that there are powerful places of worship where Hindus go to seek blessings from deities in matters related to health, wealth, marriage, peace and happiness.

A priest performing prayer rituals at one of the 468 Shiva lingas in the grounds of the Danvantri temple. Visitors are not allowed to photograph the statue of the deity.

Hindus generally believe that spiritual remedies can play a major role in maintaining general well-being, especially if they are devout and faithfully carry out the rituals.

The story that finally prompted me to make the trip to India was that of U. Pretyyba, four, from  Malaysia, who suffered from Kawasaki disease, a rare condition that inflames the walls of blood vessels throughout the body, most dangerously, the cardiac arteries and veins.

Pretyyba’s mother, R. Yoges, 34, reported that the little girl recovered speedily after wearing a Lord Danvantri pendant in the shape of a yantra (mystical diagram). The pendant was obtained by a family friend who performed prayers for Pretyyba’s recovery at the Danvantri temple.

Yoges, who is a Vasthu Sastra follower, says that her daughter was diagnosed with the disease five days after birth and was very sickly, crying a lot and not gaining weight.

“We were sad because Pretyyba was our first child and her condition caused us so much pain and hardship because there was no sign of recovery, initially. She was in and out of the hospital so many times.”

The baby was prescribed large doses of Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid), which has a blood thinning effect, and had to have monthly ECG and other heart related tests. Yoges adds that the family consulted a numerologist who recommended that her daughter’s original name, Vikkshana Shree, be changed to Pretyyba ”“ but the change did not help much.

Pretyyba showing off her precious pendant.

Yoges and her husband, M. Uthiyakumar, 37, performed several prayers and rituals in local temples to try to improve Pretyyba’s health but her condition remained unchanged. Then, in October, the family friend gave them the Danvantri yantra, which Yoges placed on her daughter as a pendant.

“After one month of wearing the pendant, Pretyyba went for her usual checkup and the doctor told us we could stop giving her the Aspirin   (which he had earlier recommended to be taken daily for another two years).

“We were so surprised when we were told that Pretyyba had recovered from the disease and would need not see a doctor again,” says Yoges, who attributes Pretyyba’s recovery to Lord Danvantri.

I discovered many interesting things about the temple when I visited it. For instance, it is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year because it is almost like a 24-hour hospital that “patients” visit day and night.

In the temple, male devotees are told to remove their shirts and present themselves before the 2m-tall statue of the deity. This is because the “rays” of Lord Danvantri should fall on the body to provide a cure.

Following this, devotees are recommended to carry out the homam, the sacrificial fire ceremony, with a variety of medicinal plants, herbs, fruits and flowers in a huge fire pit. This wafts the offering’s medicinal properties into the air to be breathed in to help alleviate ailments.

What makes this deity powerful is that more than 50 million Danvantri mantras written by various people belonging to various religions and nations have been placed under the main statue’s base as a yantra.

Another highlight in the temple grounds is the 468 Shiva linga where rituals are performed daily. Shiva linga is regarded as a “symbol of the great god of the universe who is all-auspiciousness”; Shiva is regarded by some as “one in whom all of creation sleeps after dissolution”.

Devotees who come daily from all over the world to the divine physician’s abode are reminded constantly to chant the Danvantri mantra and perform their prayers with faith and respect to receive the positive vibrations that would shield them against all health disorders.

T. Selva is the author of the best seller book titled Vasthu Sastra Guide for peace, happiness, health and prosperity. To get a copy, call Devi at 0412623017. He can be contacted at tselvas@pd.jaring.my Website: www.vasthusastra.com



A LORD Danvantri mantra:

Om Namo Bhagavathe Vasudevaya Dhanvantraye,

Amruthakalasa Hasthaya,

Sarvaamaya Vinasanaya,

Thrailokya Nadhaya,

Sri Maha Vishnave Namaha.

Meaning: We pray to Lord Vasudev Danvantari as he holds the nectar of immortality. May the Lord Dhanvantri remove all fears, remove all diseases and heal our souls. We bow to the lord of ayurveda.

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