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National Ayurveda Day

The National Ayurveda Day is celebrated every year on the occasion of Dhanwantari Jayanti (Dhanteras) since 2016.

Ayurveda is perceived as one of the most ancient and well documented system of medicine equally relevant in modern times. Its holistic approach whether for healthy individuals or for diseased ones remains unparalleled. Prevention of disease and promotion of health is the main aim of Ayurveda. Lord Dhanvantari is considered as divine propagator of Ayurveda. He is conferred with the virtues of granting health and wealth. Therefore, Dhanvantari Jayanti was preferred for celebration of Ayurveda Day to nationalize this system of medicine which can prove to be a cornerstone for its ultimate globalization.

Objectives of Ayurveda Day

  • An attempt to further promote Ayurveda into mainstream
  • Focus on strengths of Ayurveda and its unique treatment principles.
  • Reduce the burden of disease and related morbidity and mortality by utilizing the potential of Ayurveda.
  • Exploring the potential of Ayurveda to contribute towards National health policy & National Health programmes.
  • Create a sense of awareness in today's generation and promote Ayurvedic principles of healing in society.

National Ayurveda Day logo

National Ayurveda day logoThe logo for the National Ayurveda Day has the following elements.

  • The silhouette of lord Dhanwantari in the centre of the logo represents the lord of Medicine.
  • The five petals in logo symbolize Pancha Mahabhuta and three circles beneath signify Vata, Ptta, Kapha, the fundamental principles of Ayurveda.
  • An oval leaf encircling the elements depicts the essence of healing through Nature based on these fundamental principles.

 

National Ayurveda Day 2021

In 2021, Ayurveda Day is being observed on 02 November 2021.  The Ayurveda Day celebrations are being held under the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav initiative. The theme this year is ‘Ayurveda for Poshan’.

Ayurveda, the original healthcare tradition of humanity, is not just a medical system, but a manifestation of our symbiotic relationship with nature. It is a well-documented systems of healthcare, wherein prevention of disease and promotion of health are both given due consideration.

To exhibit the strength of Ayurveda in our daily regimen of food through innovative and healthy recipes, the Ministry of Ayush has released videos prepared by National Institute of Ayurveda (NIA) on the occasion of 6th Ayurveda Day. The Ministry also launched a short film based on scientific achievements in the field of ‘Ayurveda Poshan’. The film has been made by Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS), an autonomous body under the Ministry of Ayush.

Among other important events during the celebrations include launch of a web portal, unveiling of Ayurveda Swasthya Samiksha Booklet and Ayurveda for Poshan document, release of NIA Nutri Cookies, unveiling of various CCRAS publications and release of manuscript publications.

Various other ministries including the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Ministry of Food Processing Industries and Ministry of Education also participated in the celebrations.

Source : Ministry of AYUSH



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