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The Ayurveda Day was observed across India on November 5, 2018 on the occasion of the Dhanawantari Jayanti or Dhanteras with an aim to further promote Ayurveda as the mainstream system of medicine.


The theme of the 3rd Ayurveda Day was “Ayurveda for Public health”.

All the State Governments, State AYUSH Directorates, all Ayurveda colleges/ teaching institutions, AYUSH/Health Universities, Associations of Ayurveda Practitioners, Ayurveda Drug Industries and stakeholders of Ayurveda in India and abroad observed the 3rd Ayurveda Day centered on this theme.

Objectives of Ayurveda Day

  • Focus on strengths of Ayurveda and its unique treatment principles
  • Reduce the burden of disease and related mortality by utilising the potential of Ayurveda
  • Exploring Ayurveda to contribute towards National health policy and National Health programmes
  • Promote Ayurvedic principles of healing in society

Why Ayurveda Day is observed on the occasion of Dhanawantari Jayanti?

  • Every year, the Ministry of AYUSH observes Ayurveda Day on the occasion of Dhanawantari Jayanti (Dhanteras).
  • Ayurveda is perceived as one of the well documented systems of medicine, equally relevant in modern times. Prevention of disease and promotion of health is the main aim of Ayurveda. Lord Dhanvantari is considered as divine propagator of Ayurveda. He holds the virtues of granting health and wealth.
  • Therefore, Dhanvantari Jayanti was preferred for celebration of Ayurveda Day by the Ministry of AYUSH to nationalise this system of medicine.

Events and programmes to be launched on the occasion of Ayurveda Day 

National Seminar on Entrepreneurship and Business Development in Ayurveda

  • The Ministry of AYUSH held a “National Seminar on Entrepreneurship and Business Development in Ayurveda” in association with NITI Aayog to encourage entrepreneurs and Ayurveda stakeholders towards businesses opportunities in the sector.
  • The Seminar is a subsequent step to the initiatives undertaken by the Ministry to increase Ayurveda Market share three fold by the year 2022.
  • The seminar is expected to develop awareness among stakeholders about the business opportunities, encourage young entrepreneurs to use of modern technologies and modern innovations in business development and to highlight opportunities at global level. 
  • The experts in marketing, finance management, innovation, telemedicine, the policy makers, experts in start-up and experienced entrepreneurs in Ayurveda pharmaceuticals and hospital industry guided and shared their experiences with the participants.

National Dhanwantari Ayurveda Award

  • The Ministry conferred the National Dhanwantari Ayurveda Award to eminent Vaidyas on this occasion.
  • The awards consists of a Citation, Trophy (Dhanwantari Statue) and Cash reward of Rs 5 lakh. 
  • The Ministry 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 2018. 
  • The winners of the National level Ayurveda quiz conducted by All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA), New Delhi, were also felicitated during function.

AYUSH-Health Management Information System (A-HMIS)

  • The Ministry launched the AYUSH-Health Management Information System (A-HMIS), a dedicated software application for Electronic Health Record (EHR) for the AYUSH systems of Healthcare.
  • A-HIMS was launched across 15 AYUSH units in different parts of the country in the first phase. 
  • It is expected to revolutionise the way Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy are practised in the country, by inducting modern IT-solutions into these systems.

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