Do you know Dhanteras is also celebrated as National Ayurveda Day?

Do you know Dhanteras is also celebrated as National Ayurveda Day?

Do you know Dhanteras is also celebrated as National Ayurveda Day?

New Delhi: On the occasion of Dhanteras i.e. November 5 , India will also celebrate National Ayurveda Day. On this occasion, Ministry is organising a ‘National Seminar on Entrepreneurship and Business Development in Ayurveda’ in association with NITI Aayog.
The event will be organised at Dr. Ambedkar International centre, Janpath, New Delhi, with the intention to encourage entrepreneurs and Ayurveda stakeholders towards businesses opportunities in the sector.
The first National Ayurveda Day was celebrated on 28th October, 2016. As we worship lord Dhanawantrari, the pioneer of Ayurveda, Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) decided to observe Dhanteras (Dhanawantari Jayanti) as the National Ayurveda Day.
This year nearly 800 participants from across the country are expected to take part in  3rd National Ayurveda day. An award and recognition function will also be hosted to recognize eminent Vaidyas in their respective field. ‘National Dhanwantari Ayurveda Award’ comprising of Citation, Trophy (Dhanwantari Statue) and Cash reward of Rupees five lakh shall be conferred on this day to eminent Vaidyas.

The Ministry of AYUSH has selected three renowned Ayurveda experts namely Vaidya Shiv Kumar Mishra, Vaidya Madhav Singh Bhagel and Vaidya Itoozhi Bhavadasan Namboothiri for the prestigious National Dhanwantari Ayurveda Award for the year 2018.

The day will also mark the launch of AYUSH-Health Management Information System (A-HMIS), a dedicated software application for Electronic Health Record (EHR) for the AYUSH systems of Healthcare.

Historical significance of Dhanteras:

Dhanteras, which is also known as Dhantrayodashi or Dhanawantari Jayanti, is celebrated a couple of days before Diwali. According to hindu calendar Dhanteras is celebrated on the 13th lunar day of Krishna Paksha in Vikram Samvat in the month of Karthik. On the this day the God of Ayurveda, Dhanvantari, is worshipped to acquire the knowledge and wisdom of Ayurveda.

Why we celebrate Dhanteras:

According to hindu mythology when Devas (Gods) and Asuras (Devil) came together for  Samudra Manthan (churning of Sea) for Amrit (Elixir), on the day of Dhanteras, Lord Dhanvantari emerged out of the ocean carrying a jar of elixir.

As Goddess Lakshmi also emerged out of the ocean on the very same day during Samundra Manthan, she is also worshipped along Kuber (God of Money).