Dhanvantari is an Avatar of Vishnu as per the Hindu tradition. He is also affiliated as Deva. He appears as the physician of the gods (devas) in the Puranas and Vedas. He is largely considered as the god of Ayurvedic medicine. It is to be remembered that it is common practice for seeking Dhanvantri’s blessings for sound health for themselves and/or others through prayer to this lord by the Hindu worshippers. The weapon of this lord is Chakra.
The main Dhanvanthari temples are mostly located in the state of Kerala. They are Sree Dhanvanthari temple at Maruthorvattom near Chertala, Sree Dhanwanthari Temple at Prayikkara, near Mavelikkara, Sree Dhanwanthari Temple at Nelluvaya, near Thrissur, Sree Dhanwanthari Temple at Thottuva, near Kalady, Sree Dhanwanthari Temple at Wadakkanchery, near Thrissur and Sree Dhanwanthari Temple at Chirakkal, near Valapattanam in Kannur. On the other hand in Sri Mahalakshmi Temple at Kolhapur, in the state of Maharastra, there is a deity of this Lord.
The Ashta Vaidya families of Kerala are in the following places which are popularly known among the devotees and sound health seekers are Aalyittur, Cannanore (kannur), Kuttancheri, Taikkad, Vayaskara, Vellod, Chirattaman, Pulamanthole and Olassa.
It is to be highly noted in the families to families in the state of Kerala, it largely seems that the age old tradition of Lord Dhanwantri worshipping is persisting regularly. The devotees and good health seekers perform Dhanwantri puja in order to get the blessing of the Lord and attain sound health forever with great devotion and dedication.