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National Ayurveda Day 2018

Now its only 28 days to go for National Ayurveda Day 2018 on 5th November 2018.

National Ayurveda Day 2018
National Ayurveda Day 2018 to be celebrated on Dhanwantari Jayanti – Nov 5, 2018

Ayurveda is the oldest healing science. It originated in India more than 6000 years ago. The literal meaning of Ayurveda is “Knowledge of Life”. Achieving and maintaining a state of balance in life is a desired objective of Ayurveda. This is done by following right thinking, right diet and right lifestyle. 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 a divine propagator of Ayurveda. He is conferred with the virtues of granting health and wealth. Therefore, Dhanvantari Jayanti was preferred for the celebration of National Ayurveda Day to nationalise this system of medicine which can prove to be a cornerstone for its ultimate globalization. This initiative of the Ministry of AYUSH will not only encourage the practitioners and students of Ayurveda but also will develop awareness in the society about the strength of Ayurveda.

Ayurveda & its origin

AYURVEDA is amalgamation of two words – Ayuh and Veda. Ayuh means life and Veda means knowledge or science. So “AYURVEDA’  means ‘Science of life’ and contains all aspects of life whether spiritual, psychological, physical, or social. Ayurveda contains and widely discusses important questions about life, for ex –
  1. What is happy life?
  2. What is beneficial to life?
  3. What is harmful to life?
  4. What is sorrowful life?
Ayurveda also believes in the existence of soul before birth and after death too.

Ayurveda, the ancient most health care system originated with the origin of the universe. With the inception of human life on earth, Ayurveda started being applied. The antique Vedic texts have scattered references of Ayurvedic Remedies and allied aspects of medicine and health. Atharva-veda mainly deals with extensive Ayurvedic information. That is why Ayurveda is said to be the offshoot of Atharva Veda.

Philosophy of Treatment in Ayurveda

As per Ayurveda, ‘Health’ is a state of equilibrium of normal functions of doshas, Dhatus, Malas, and Agni with delighted body, mind, and soul. It means that when Dosh-Dhatu-Malas and Agni are constantly in a state of functional equilibrium, then the health is maintained. Otherwise, distortion of the equilibrium results into diseases. Erratic lifestyle is believed to be one of the basic causes behind the failure of the mechanism of maintaining equilibrium

National Ayurveda Day 2018

The silhouette of Lord Dhanwantari in the center of the logo represents the lord of Medicine. The five petals in logo symbolize Pancha Mahabhuta and three circles beneath signify Vata, Pitta, Kapha, the fundamental principles of Ayurveda. An oval leaf encircling the elements depicts the essence of healing through Nature based on these fundamental principles. Like previous years, this year also National Ayurveda Day will be celebrated on Dhanwantari Jayanti i.e. Nov 5, 2018.

Logo for National Ayurveda Day

National Ayurveda Day Logo
National Ayurveda Day Logo

The logo for Ayurveda Day denotes essence of the Ayurveda. The silhouette of lord of Medicine – Dhanwantari is in the centre of the logo. The five petals in logo symbolize Pancha Mahabhuta. The fundamental principles of Ayurveda – Vata, Ptta, Kapha are signified by 3 circles underneath. Its encircled by an oval leaf, encircling the elements which denotes the essence of healing through Nature based on these fundamental principles

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.

Dhanvantari Day

Government of India has decided to celebrate National Ayurveda Day every year on the occasion of Dhanwantari Jayanti. This day is the  birth date of Lord Dhanvantari, and occurs two days before Diwali on Dhanteras. Dhanvantari is considered to be a form or avatar of Lord Vishnu. He is considered as the ideal doctor and manifestation of compassion, representing the wisdom of Ayurveda in practical application.

The scope of Ayurveda in the contemporary period.

Ayurveda has a wide scope as far as the prevention of disease, promotion of health and its preservation are concerned. Lifestyle rules mentioned in Ayurvedic texts if applied rigorously give definite results. Lifestyle-related diseases, drug abuse, degenerative diseases, autoimmune diseases, and certain metabolic and allergic disorders are well manageable with Ayurvedic techniques and medicaments.


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