World Heritage Day is celebrated on 18 April every year.
The Heritage April is one of the rare occasions to reach out to the youth of the country and to admire our great treasure of heritage. As we all know India has a rich heritage which we all are part of. Spectacular architecture, classical music, Vedic mathematics, Astrology are some of India's startling number of heritages. One of the ancient sciences that India has given to the world is Ayurveda.
Ayurveda is an ancient health science that deals not only with diseases but also reveals the secrets of a healthy disease-free life. The motto of Ayurveda is स्वस्थस्य स्वास्थ्यरक्षणमातुरस्य विकारप्रशमनं च॥ That is to protect the health of the healthy and to restore the health of the diseased.
And the definition of healthy according to Ayurveda is समदोष: समाग्निश्च समधातुमलक्रियः। प्रसन्नात्मेन्द्रियमन: स्वस्थ इत्यभिधीयते॥ Which means a person is called healthy only when all of his/her doshas (basic elements of body i.e. vata, pitta, kapha) agni, and all other physical elements in his/her body are balanced and the person is in a sound state of his/her mind. Which is now accepted as the definition of health by WHO.
Ayurveda is one of the richest heritages that India has cherished over the centuries. Now as we see that Ayurveda is becoming global and whole world is accepting it as a medical science. But considering what history says Ayurveda was globally known even before 15th century. We have evidence that shows Ayurveda was widely known during the era of great emperor Asoka in countries like Thailand, Sri Lanka and Nepal. Arabian countries also were practicing Ayurveda for a long period of time. Ayurveda had to face a downfall during last 2 centuries but now it is emerging out from the ashes like a phoenix and taking a new leap towards its eternal glory once again. Let us show our gratitude towards our incredible country for bestowing such a magnificent heritage upon us.