Dhanteras 2021 and Ayurveda Day; Significance and things you need to know

The month of November is all meant for celebrations as Diwali is on the doorsteps and preparations are going on in several parts of India. Dhanteras, also known as ‘Dhanatrayodash’ which is a festival in some parts of India kick starts on November 2, and the celebration of lights, Diwali will occur on November 4.

Dhanteras, people consider the day as an auspicious day to buy gold, new utensils, Lakshmi-Ganesha idols, and other home appliances. Dhanteras is celebrated on the thirteenth day of the month of Ashwin, two days before Diwali.

On this day, Puja’s have been performed just like any other Indian festival. The day of Dhanteras is also observed as Dhanvantri Jayanti, the birth anniversary of the God of Ayurveda. It is said that Lord Dhanvantari emerged towards the end of the Sagar Manthan when the Devas and Asuras were churning the sea, with the nectar of immortality

The word is derived from ‘Dhan’ meaning wealth and ‘Teras’ which means thirteen. The day falls on the thirteen lunar days of Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month of the calendar, every year.  On this day, people purchase gold, and ornaments, and utensils and it is a part of folklore and culture in the country.

On the same day, World Ayurveda is observed and it is perceived as one of the most ancient and well-documented systems of medicine equally relevant in modern times. The practice of Ayurveda falls on the day of Dhanvanthari Jayanti. On Dhanvantari Jayanti, it was said that Lord Dhanvantar, an avatar of Lord vishnu emerged with Amurutha Kalasam. He appears in the Vedas and Puranas as the physician of the gods and the god of Ayurvedic medicine.

Union Ministry of Ayush (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Sidda, and Homoeopathy) in 2016 observed the day as Ayurveda day. Along with Allopathy, people are treating the illness with the help of Ayurveda also. 

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Ayurveda is the oldest medical science in the world.  Atharva Veda, one of the oldest pieces of literature in India has a massive repository of Ayurvedic treatment, methods, and diet tips as per the season, age, and body type of a person.