Thottuva Sree Dhanwanthari Moorthi temple is situated on the Perumbavoor- Kodanad route one kilometer away from Thottuva junction in Koovapady panchayat at Ernakulam district. It is 15 Kms from Cochin International Airport and Angamaly Railway Station.
Here the main deity is Dhanwanthari Moorthi, and this is the only temple in Kerala where it is so. It is declared that this temple is more than 1000 years old.
The legend is that several years ago three Namboodiri families living in the hills of Malayatoor were closely related to this temple. These families has Shiva, Bhagawathy and Vishnu as their family deities. In those days Sankaracharya happened to visit these Namboodiri families. He was not offered food or alms. This made him unhappy and so there was a curse on these families. The family was ruined and so they left the place and traveled to a place called 'Kodanad'.
When they felt hungry, they prepared food in three different pots. They used bamboo as firewood for cooking. Two of them lighted the bamboo turning upwards and one turned it downwards. The two Brahmins who had lighted the bamboo by keeping it upwards were able to cook the food very quickly and they continued their journey. All the places through which they travailed became their own. The other Brahmin was unable to cook the food soon because he had lighted the bamboo turning it downwards. Since he was late, he started his journey slowly therefore he did not get any property.
Feeling very unhappy he reached the place where at present the temple is situated. Keeping his umbrella (Olakuda) on the ground he began preparing 'Nivedyam' for the evening Pooja. After having food, feeling mentally upset, he went to sleep and the Namboodiri heard the Divine voice of Lord Dhanwanthari telling him not to worry and that he will be able to manage with His Devotees. The place where the Namboodiri had kept his palmleaf umbrella came to be known as 'Kudappadom'.
The presiding deity is Dhanwanthiri and the idol is almost six feet tall and facing east. In the right hand the lord holds Amrith and with the left hand the lord holds Atta ( leach ), Shanku and Chakra are in the left and right upper hands respectively.
Fresh un-boiled milk is offered here, another important offering is butter.
Festivals are conducted on Ekadashi during the Malayalam month of Vrischikam, and on the Pooyam star day during the month of Medam, which is the consecration day.
On the southern side of the temple there is a small stream which flows towards the east. The practice is to have bath in this stream and then enter the temple for Darshan.
Problems due to 'Vatha', 'Pitha' and 'Kafa' get cured if the devotees stay here and meditate ( bhajanam ).
Doctors practicing Ayurveda also come to the temple for Bhajanam (Pooja, meditation) 'Krishna Tulasi' is the favourite of Dhanwanthari.
എറണാകുളം ജില്ലയിലെ കൂവപ്പടി പഞ്ചായത്തിൽ തോട്ടുവ ജംഗ്ഷനിൽ നിന്ന് ഒരു കിലോമീറ്റർ അകലെ പെരുമ്പാവൂർ-കോടനാട് റൂട്ടിലാണ് തോട്ടുവ ശ്രീ ധന്വന്തരി മൂർത്തി ക്ഷേത്രം സ്ഥിതി ചെയ്യുന്നത്. കൊച്ചി അന്താരാഷ്ട്ര വിമാനത്താവളത്തിൽ നിന്നും അങ്കമാലി റെയിൽവേ സ്റ്റേഷനിൽ നിന്നും 15 കിലോമീറ്റർ ദൂരമുണ്ട്.
ഇവിടെ പ്രധാന പ്രതിഷ്ഠ ധന്വന്തരി മൂർത്തിയാണ്
ഭക്തർ ഇവിടെ താമസിച്ച് ധ്യാനിച്ചാൽ വാത ,പീഡ, 'കഫ' എന്നിവ മൂലമുണ്ടാകുന്ന പ്രശ്നങ്ങൾ ഭേദമാകും .
ആയുർവേദം പരിശീലിക്കുന്ന ഡോക്ടർമാരും ഭജനത്തിനായി (പൂജ, ധ്യാനം) ക്ഷേത്രത്തിലെത്തുന്നു 'കൃഷ്ണതുളസി' ധന്വന്തരിയുടെ പ്രിയപ്പെട്ടതാണ്.