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National Siddha Day

National Siddha Day is celebrated every year on the birthday of Siddhar Agathiyar , the father of Siddha Medicine.

Background

Siddhar Agathiyar is considered as the father of Siddha Medicine and was born in Star Ayilyam in the Tamil month of Margazhi. The Ministry of Ayush, Govt. of India has accorded approval for observing his birthday as Siddha Day every year. 

The first Siddha day was celebrated on January 4, 2018,  Margazhi month Aayilyam star, the birthday of Agathiyar.  The second Siddha Day was celebrated on December 26, 2018 and the third national Siddha Day was celebrated on January 13, 2020. The fourth national Siddha Medical Day was celebrated on January 2, 2021. 

The celebration is proposed to be conducted in a befitting manner so that the general public are conscientised about the benefits of Siddha system of Medicine through various activities, using that day as an occasion.

Objectives of Siddha Day

  • To sensitize the public about the holistic approach of healthcare and disease prevention
  • To propagate the unique strengths of Siddha Medicine
  • To integrate Siddha into the mainstream of healthcare
  • To equip the students, faculty members and practitioners of Siddha for providing standard care
  • To harness the potential of Siddha to incorporate into National Health Policy & National Health Programs

Siddha Day 2021

The fifth Siddha Day is celebrated on 23rd December 2021. The theme for Siddha Day 2021 is Strength of Siddha for communicable diseases.

Epidemics/Pandemics are mentioned as “Uzhi Noi” or “Kothari Noi” in Siddha system of medicine. In general, they are grouped under “Kollai Noikal” (Communicable Diseases) which crop up during “Ayana Santhi” months i.e. during Adi and Margazhi months in Tamil Calendar (i.e. July & December) as the immune system will be weakened during the period.

Siddha literature have portrayed the notification, isolation, quarantine and disinfection for the management of communicable diseases. In Siddha System, the diseases result from the derangement of Mukkutram. Usually, Thottru Noigal (communicable diseases) are associated with Aiya kutram (Respiratory Illnesses). The Siddha classical text Guru Naadi has quoted that Thottru Noigal is generally caused by Kirumi (Pathogens).

Siddha system of medicine has given promising effects during the current prevailing pandemic situation. Many Siddha formulations have played a vital role in the prevention and management of COVID -19 and also in treating asymptomatic and mild cases. The results of research studies are published in reputed peer reviewed journals.

Mitigation of epidemics such as Dengue, Chikungunya, Swine flu and bird flu has been previously accomplished in Tamil Nadu through combined public health care initiatives with Siddha drugs such as Nilavembu Kudineer, Adathodai Manapagu, Brahmanandha Bairavam and Seenthil Kudineer --- as prophylactic and treatment measures.

Source : Central Council for Reseach in Siddha

Last Modified : 12/27/2021



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