Sri Danvantri Perumal- (8 Feet)
(Dhyaana Mandapam for all irrespective of caste and creed) Lord Danvantri is considered the 12th avatar of Maha Vishnu. This is the main healing energy in the peedam. When the life-giving sea of energy (paarkadal) enveloping the universe was churned, Lord Danvantri is credited with bringing the pot of nectar (amrutha kalasam) from the hands of the demons (who stole it) and restoring it to the Devas. This nectar is believed to be the elixir of immortality as also life's vitality. Thus, Lord Danvantri is accredited with the power of healing any disorder or disease that erodes vitality. He is credited with the 'Knowledge of Life' - 'Ayurveda' - the tenets of which help one lead a full life span in good health. Thus herbs and healing energies emanate from Him.
In the Danvantri Arogya Peedam the idol and the space are energized with the concept of the Likhita Mantra - the power of the written mantra. People from all over the country and the world were invited to write this mantra:
Om Namo Bhagavathe Vasudevaaya Danvantraye,Amrutha kalasa hasthaaya, Sarva Aamaya vinaashanaaya,Triloka naathaya, Sri Maha Vishnave namaha.
No traditional 'archanai', or 'aarthi' or flower/coconut offering is accepted here. This space is conceived as a healing centre. All that is offered is the power of the mantra, the chanting or the writing of which, coupled with one's sincere intention, directs healing energies towards the person. The beautifully sculpted figure is over 6 feet tall. Lord Danvantri stands with the famed pot of nectar in one hand, and the seendhal creeper denoting herbs as healing agents in the other, and the chakra and conch in the other two, representing His being the avatar of Lord Vishnu. Here He sports a stethoscope on His chest and a watch on His wrist, both representative of a contemporary doctor. Adorning a smile so sought after by those who are in the anguish of disease, the chant of the mantra along with the sankalpam to heal oneself forms the agent of healing here.
When the decision to construct this complex was taken, it was announced that the number of likhita mantras required to inaugurate the temple was 500,000,000 - 50 crore! 46 lakh people wrote approximately 54 crore mantras. Pouring in from all over the world, the mantras were tied together in bundles, wrapped in water-proof sheets, energized, and placed at the base of the idol. To ground the energy, a copper tube was connected from the mantras to the base of the idol itself, so that the power of crores of devotees would energize the idol.
One may ask, "Paper decays, so would not the energy of the idol reduce too?" The Swamigal answers: "The mantras came written behind bus tickets, on bits of paper, on full notebooks, and books and papers of different sizes. What lends sanctity; the prayer or the paper on which it is written? That bit of paper or the thought of the person who, with every movement of the pen, creates a powerful energy?"
Not only the energy of the mantras, but also the significant energies of each person's personal worship are concentrated here. For instance, the invocation for all the other distinct energies is done only at the Danvantri healing space. Says Swamigal, "All these energies of the universe must come to a collective hub to fructify one's wish to visit this place. It is this coming together that even makes it possible for one to visit the peedam. In fact, the person who undertook the cost of sculpting the Lord Danvantri idol has not been able to visit this peedam in the 7 years since it was consecrated. Even when the idol had been taken to the next street from her home, she was unable to come, because she had elderly parents who had to be taken care of. However, the care of parents is supreme. There is, therefore, a cosmic play of energies here."
Lord Danvantri was taken on a karikolam to many homes. To find out if family circumstances had changed for them after the visit of Lord Danvantri, Swamigal enquired of 25 chosen families. The answer was a uniform 'Yes!'