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History of Ayurveda

History & Decent of Ayurveda

As mentioned in an Ayurvedic text called Charaka Samhita, in ancient India, when people started moving from the jungle to villages there was an increase in disease, due to the increase of the number and diversity of people living in close proximity. Sage Atreya organised a meeting in the Himalayas to discuss the issue of disease. The knowledge of Ayurveda already existed with the Devas, who were the ancient enlightened beings. At the meeting, it was decided that the Devas should be approached and requested to bestow this knowledge of Ayurveda for the benefit of the human kind. A sage called Bhardvaj volunteered to travel and learn from the Devas and bring the knowledge back to the common people. Upon his return, Sage Bharadvaj taught this science to Atreya who then shared it with 6 students: Bhel, Jatukaran, Prashar, Harit, Kharpanj and Agnivesh. All this knowledge was passed on verbally until Atreya’s students started writing their own books. Agnivesh Tantra is the the first written text on Ayurveda. Sage Charaka who was living in Panchnad Pradesh (presently known as Punjab) edited Agnivesh Tantra and wrote Charaka Samhita, which is the most important text of Ayurvedic medicine. For this great work Sage Charaka is credited as the ‘Father of
Ayurveda’. Another early text of Ayurveda is the Sushruta Samhita, which was compiled by Sushrut around 3,500 years ago. He was the primary pupil of lord Dhanvantri who is also credited as a deity of Ayurveda. Sage Sushruta is also known as the ‘Father of Ayurvedic Surgery’.

Another early text of Ayurveda is the Sushruta Samhita, which was compiled by Sushrut around 3,500 years ago. He was the primary pupil of lord Dhanvantri who is also credited as a deity of Ayurveda. Sage Sushruta is also known as the ‘Father of Ayurvedic Surgery’.

Dr. Arun Sharma also belongs to the Bhardvaj lineage.

Lord Dhanwantri

Lord Dhanwantri is the primary deity of health and wellbeing in Indian culture. He is also known as the medicine Buddha. His birthday is celebrated as Dhanteras or Dhanwantri Jayanti, which comes just two days before the famous Diwali festival. From 2016 the Government of India have declared it as National Ayurveda Day.