Dhanteras 13 November observed as a National Ayurveda Day every year, Dhanteras also known as Dhanwantri Jayanti. Dhanwantri is a Hindu god of medicines.

Theme for National Ayurveda Day 2020: Ayurveda for COVID-19

Since 2016 Government of India Ministry of AYUSH began to celebrate Dhanteras as National Ayurveda Day .


The main advantage of Ayurveda over the other traditional medicines is that it is well documented. Prevention of disease and promotion of health are the main objectives of Ayurveda.

Lord Dhanvantari

Lord Dhanvantari  is an avatar of Lord Vishnu. Lord Dhanvantari also Known as Hindu god of medicine. Hindus worship him for sound health.

Why is National Ayurveda Day marked in India?

  • Promote usage of Ayurvedic medicine.
  • Boost treatment principles of Ayurveda
  • Reduce mortality

AYUSH Ministry approved Ayurvedic COVID-19 drug

On the eve of National Ayurveda Day, the Ayush Ministry approved the manufacturing of Ayurvedic drug for coronavirus called “Aastha-15”. The drug was developed by Dalmia Centre for Research and Development Ltd (DCRD). The drug is to be made available in phase I through prescriptions for mild and moderate COVID-19 cases.

The clinical trials for Aastha-15 drug began in May 2020. The Aastha-15 drug also have to undergo 3 phases of clinical trials just like the Allopathic drugs.

Demand for Ayurvedic Medicines

The demand for Indian Ayurvedic medicines have grown globally. As of 2019 export value of herbal and ayurvedic medicines in India were 446 million (44.6 Crores) .

International Conference on Standardisation of AYUSH Terminologies

Two day ICoSDiTAUS 2020 International Conference on Standardisation was held in February in New Delhi. ICoSDiTAUS was the biggest international event that focuses on standardisation of traditional medicines. Around 16 countries participate. They were

  • Bhutan
  • Equatorial
  • India
  • Iran
  • Japan
  • Jamaica
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Myanmar
  • Cuba
  • Curacao
  • Serbia
  • Switzerland
  • Mauritius
  • Sri Lanka
  • Uzbekistan
  • Qatar