National Ayurveda Day 2020 | UPSC


National Ayurveda Day 2020

      WHY IN NEWS:

PM to inaugurate two future-ready Ayurveda institutions at Jamnagar and Jaipur on 13th November 2020

MINISTRY? :-Ministry of AYUSH
SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3: Medicine : Ayurveda


Ayurveda day is more an occasion of re-dedication to the profession and the society, than one of festivities or celebrations


National Ayurveda Day 2020 | UPSC

  • 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.
  • Therefore, Dhanvantari Jayanti was preferred for celebration of Ayurveda Day .
  • The aim is to nationalize this system of medicine which can prove to be a cornerstone for its ultimate globalization.


  • An attempt to further promote Ayurveda into mainstream
  • Focus on strengths of Ayurveda and its unique treatment principles

Reduce the burden of disease and related morbidity and mortality by utilizing the potential of Ayurveda.

  • Exploring the potential of Ayurveda to contribute towards National health policy & National Health programmes.
  • Create a sense of awareness in today’s generation and promote Ayurvedic principles of healing in society.

THEME 2020

Ayurveda for Covid-19 is the theme this year.

National Ayurveda Day 2020 logo

The logo for the National Ayurveda Day has the following elements.

  • The silhouette of lord Dhanwantari in the centre of the logo represents the lord of Medicine.

The five petals in logo symbolize Pancha Mahabhuta and three circles beneath signify Vata, Ptta, Kapha, the fundamental principles of Ayurveda.

  • An oval leaf encircling the elements depicts the essence of healing through Nature based on these fundamental principles.


  • The award has been instituted by Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India to be conferred on Ayurveda experts .
  • The possessing qualifications included in II, III, IV schedule of IMCC Act, 1970 and having profound contribution to the field of Ayurveda.

It comprising of Citation, Trophy (Dhanwantari Statue) and Cash reward of Rupees five lakh. 

  • The award is conferred every year on the Ayurveda Day.

National Ayurveda Day 2020 _ UPSC

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

  • Ayurveda relies on conscious eating (Aahara), lifestyle (Vihar), sleep (Nidra), behavioural and psychological intervention for extension of Longevity (health span).

Rasayana Tantra, one of the eight branches of Ayurveda is dedicated to rejuvenation, regeneration, immune-modulation, healthy aging and enhances longevity

  • 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 .
  • A webinar on the theme of ‘Ayurveda for Covid-19 pandemic‘ will be organised on ‘Ayurveda Day.’
  • Utilising the immense untapped potential of AYUSH systems of healthcare for providing effective and affordable solutions for India’s public health challenges is a priority of the Government.
     SOURCES:  PIB | National Ayurveda Day 2020



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