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Jaipur to observe Ayurveda Week to mark National Ayurveda Day
The National Ayurveda Day is observed on Dhanteras or Dhanvantri Jayanti – the day on which the god of Ayurveda was born.

In Jaipur, Ayurveda Week started on November 2, at Lohagargh Stadium with thousands of school children being administered with Sawarn Bhasm drops to kick off week-long events. The Aayush Ministry of Government of India celebrates the birth anniversary of Lord Dhanvantri as the name of 'National Ayurveda Day'.

According to Aayush ministery, "Ayurveda is perceived as one of the most ancient and well documented system 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. Lord Dhanvantari is considered as divine propagator of Ayurveda. He is conferred with the virtues of granting health and wealth."

Ayurveda Day is meant to nationalize Ayurveda 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.

The events like Ayurveda Run, awreness rallies, release of messages, posters, seminars, health camps get organised by both state and Central governments during Ayurveda Week.

Sharadini Arun Dahanukar and Urmila Mukund Thatte in their book 'Ayurveda Revisited' write, "Ayurveda as the name implies ('Ayu': "life" and 'Veda':knowledge) is the knowledge of healthy living and is not confined only to treatment of illness. It is widely practiced in India and caters to the needs of nearly 75% percent of the population. The pharmacopeia of Ayurveda is a rich heritage of herbal practices describing medicinal uses of over 600 plants in seventy books containing 8,000 recipes of drug combinations."

Accoding to Amit Ray, "Science of yoga and ayurveda is subtler than the science of medicine, because science of medicine is often victim of statistical manipulation."

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