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In year 2016, Ministry of AYUSH felt the need to conceptualize a day which could be celebrated as National Ayurevda Day. It was decided by Ministry then to make Dhanavantari Jayanti as National Ayurveda Day. Hence for the very first time, National Ayurveda Day came into being and was celebrated on Dhanwantari Jayanti on 26th Oct 2016.
Dhanvantari Jayanti, the birth date of Lord Dhanvantari, occurs two days before Badi Diwali on Dhanteras. Few people know that Dhanteras was used to be celebrated originally as Dhanvantari Jayanti in ancient times. Dhanvantari Jayanti is celebrated not simply as a day for outer prosperity but also for inner rejuvenation as well. Dhanvantari is the form of Lord Vishnu, the protective aspect of divinity, who arose from the samudra manthana, the original churning of the cosmic ocean, as a gift of healing for all. Lord Dhanvantari holds the nectar pot of immortality that grants optimal health, extending to rejuvenation of body and mind. He is the ideal doctor and manifestation of compassion, representing the wisdom of Ayurveda in practical application. His image can be found at ayurvedic schools and clinics, where mantras to him are chanted daily.
Health and well-being remains one of the greatest challenges in this computer age in which we are losing our moorings in nature to an invasive technology and artificial way of life. It is time to acknowledge Ayurveda as one of the most important traditions of natural healing in the world. It is one of the greatest gifts of India’s profound spiritual and yogic culture.
May Lord Dhanvantari, as the universal healer, bring well-being and lasting happiness to all !
On the occasion of National Ayurveda Day/ Dhanwantari Jayanti, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the first ever 200-bed All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) at New Delhi in Sarita Vihar on 17th Oct 2017. The first ever AIIA has been set up along the lines of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Build up as an apex institute under the ministry of AYUSH, the institution is expected to bring synergy between the traditional wisdom of Ayurveda and modern diagnostic tools and technology.
During the opening ceremony of AIIA, prime minister Mr Narendra Modi emphasised on growing importance of Ayurveda. Modi said there’s a long list of Benefits of Ayurveda and added that people are showing interest in traditional medicines.
He mentioned that people are attracted not only to good health but also wellness. “There is need to strengthen Ayurveda. Like the IT revolution a few years ago, the time has come for a ‘health revolution’ under the aegis of Ayurveda”, the Prime Minister said.