Ayurveda treatises to get mammoth display



Ayurveda treatises to get mammoth display

A procession of seven ancient texts, including Charaka Samhita, will be taken out on elephants

Ahmedabad Mirror Bureau

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Posted On Monday, December 12, 2011 at 01:42:51 AM



Chariot carrying the idol of Lord Dhanvantari (left) will be a key attraction apart from the texts at the procession

Are you a keen Ayurveda follower? If yes, here is your chance to have a tryst with the seven ancient treatises of the alternative medicine system, India’s gift to the world. On the initiative of Active Ayurvedic Organisation International Trust, a procession of the centuries-old texts will be taken out on December 18. The event is likely to attract over 5,000 people, including Ayurveda practitioners and students from across the global.

Wrapped in gold covers, the texts — Charaka Samhita, Sushrut Samhita, Astang Sanghraha, Vag Bhatt Samhita, Sarangdhar Samhita and Bhav Prakash, Madhava Nidana and Aryabhishak — will be taken out on six elephants.

“The shobha yatra (procession) will begin from Times Sqare and culminate at Gurukul crossroads. We have invited Ayurveda practitioners from Japan, USA, Germany, Italy, Sweden, other European countries and about 4,000 Ayurveda doctors are expected to take part in the event,” said organisation chairman Pravin Hirpara, a known vaidya (Ayurveda practitioner).

On display: Medicinal plants
“Along with the display of the texts, the procession will also exhibit medicinal plants and Ayurvedic medicine on 25 buggies. A chariot carrying the idol of Lord Dhanvantri will be pulled by famous vaidyas during the shobha yatra. We will also honour 50 vaidyas,” said Hirpara.

“People in other countries, including Sweden, are turning to Ayurveda. Several diseases which are not controlled by allopathy are curable in Ayurveda. It is getting popular gradually the world over,” said Vinay Vora who is practising the  traditional Indian medicine system in Sweden for long. Apart from 22 foreign students, about 2,500 students of Akandanand Ayurvedic College and Jamnagar Ayruvedic University will also take part in the procession.

A seminar to create awareness on the ancient treatises will be held at SGVP International School on December 16 and 17, Hirpara said.

The trust, a city-based organisation which has about 6,000 Ayurveda practitioners as its members, in association with Swaminarayan Gurukul, Memnagar, Jagannath Mandir Trust, Ayurveda Research Foundation, Jamnagar and Gita Mandir, has organised the programme.


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