National Ayurveda Day

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Apr 28, 2022, 5:19

Human beings have evolved in many fields, like science, society, education, technology, and health. But sometimes, traditional techniques or solutions are used to solve modern problems.

Health and health science is a field where we often use traditional methods; Ayurveda is one such method, so we started celebrating National Ayurveda Day on Dhanwantri Jayanti.

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda comes from the Sanskrit language - Ayur (life) and Veda (science/knowledge). It is a natural medicine that originated in India more than 3000 years ago. Ayurveda has a lot of scopes as it focuses on the prevention of illness and gets to the cause of the disease rather than its cure.

National Ayurveda Day History

The Union Ministry of AYUSH [Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani Siddha and Homeopathy] started observing National Ayurveda Day on Dhanwantri Jayanti in 2016.

In 2022, the 7th National Ayurveda Day will be observed on November 13th. Usually, it is celebrated on November 2nd or October 25th, as Dhanwantri Jayanti usually falls on those days.

The table below shows the days on which National Ayurveda Day has been celebrated so far:




28th October


17th October


5th November


25th October


13th November


2nd November

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National Ayurveda Day Objectives

Some of the objectives of celebrating National Ayurveda Day are as follows:

  • To raise awareness of the significance of Ayurveda in our lives
  • To emphasize the positives of Ayurveda and its unique methods
  • To explore the field of Ayurveda to strengthen national health
  • To reduce the mortality due to ill health in India
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National Ayurveda Day Themes

National Ayurveda Day is celebrated every year with a special theme picked in relation to the events or concerns that occurred in that year or based on the knowledge of medicines to be spread among the public.

The table below depicts the themes selected every year so far:




Ayurveda for prevention and control of diabetes


Ayurveda for pain management


Ayurveda for public health


Ayurveda for longevity


Ayurveda for COVID-19


Ayurveda for poshan

Celebration of National Ayurveda Day is a huge step taken by the government of India to untie the magical benefits of Ayurveda and make it reach millions of people and sow the seeds of a healthy nation. Hence, we should proudly celebrate this wonderful day and carry forward the legacy of Ayurveda to the future.

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FAQs on National Ayurveda Day

Q.1. When is National Ayurveda Day celebrated?

National Ayurveda Day is celebrated on Dhanwantri Jayanti, which will fall on 13th November 2022.

Q.2. Why is National Ayurveda Day celebrated?

National Ayurveda Day is celebrated to bring awareness to the nation as a whole about the benefits and importance of Ayurveda.

Q.3. Who started the celebration of National Ayurveda Day?

The celebration of National Ayurveda Day began when the Union Ministry of AYUSH started observing the Dhanwantri Jayanti as the national day for Ayurveda.

Q.4. How is National Ayurveda Day celebrated?

National Ayurveda Day is celebrated Every year on Dhanteras, AYUSH comes up with a specific theme suited to that year that spreads the knowledge of Ayurveda.

Q.5. What are the objectives of National Ayurveda Day?

Some of the basic reasons for celebrating National Ayurveda Day are To spread the benefits of Ayurveda as medicine, To maintain a healthy human population in the nation and To control and prevent the spread of viral diseases.