The Ayurveda Day is observed every year on the day of Dhanwantri Jayanti. Ayurveda is perceived as one of the most ancient and well-documented systems of medicine equally relevant in modern times. 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. The practice to observe the Ayurveda Day, which falls on Dhanwantri Jayanti, was started by the Union Ministry of Ayush (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Sidda, and Homoeopathy) in 2016. Dhanvantari Jayanti was preferred for the celebration of Ayurveda Day to nationalise this system of medicine and to make it global. The Ministry of Ayush has decided to organise various activities marking the fifth ‘Ayurveda Day’, with a special focus on concerns related to the present pandemic. Dhanwantari Jayanti, the birthday of Lord Dhanwantari is celebrated on the 13th lunar day in Aswini Month. It is believed that on this day, Lord Dhanwantari emerged with Amurutha Kalasam. Lord Dhanvantari is an Avatar of Lord Vishnu. He appears in the Vedas and Puranas as the physician of the gods and the god of Ayurvedic medicine.

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