National Siddha Day is celebrated every year on the birthday of Siddhar Agathiyar , the father of Siddha Medicine.
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.
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.
Last Modified : 12/27/2021