Indian embassy in Türkiye marks Ayurveda Day to raise awareness of traditional wellness
'Ayurveda, deriving its name from Sanskrit words ayur (life) and veda (knowledge), signifies the science of life,' says Indian ambassador
By Faruk Zorlu
The Indian embassy in Türkiye commemorated the 8th Ayurveda Day with a reception Monday emphasizing traditional wellness practices.
Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Virander Paul said Ayurveda Day 2023 was celebrated globally on Nov. 10, emphasizing the ancient wisdom of traditional Indian medicine.
"Ayurveda, deriving its name from the Sanskrit words 'ayur' (life) and 'veda' (knowledge), signifies the science of life," he said.
He went on to say that this year's theme, "Ayurveda for One Health," underscores the interconnectedness of human-animal-plant-environment interfaces.
The event emphasized interconnectedness and international collaboration, highlighting India's commitment to the World Health Organization’s establishment of the Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in addressing contemporary healthcare challenges.
The event began with floral tributes to the portrait of former Indian Deputy Prime Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel by the ambassador, embassy officials and other guests. A short movie on Patel’s life was also screened, while a photo exhibition depicting memorable events of his life was also showcased.
The day is annually observed in India and globally, aligning with the birthday celebration of Dhanvantari, the Hindu god of medicine in Ayurvedic tradition, dedicated to promoting awareness of this ancient healthcare system.
Among the attendees were an official from the World Health Organization’s Türkiye Office, the head of the Department of Traditional, Complementary and Functional Medicine Practices under Türkiye's Health Ministry and some academics.
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