Why 21st June was chosen as International Yoga Day?
Every year in Northern hemisphere, the Summer Solstice falls on June 21st. It is the day when Day is longest and the night is shortest. It is the daywhen Earth is at its closest distance from the Sun on its orbit.
According to ancient Vedic Calendar, the Summer Solstice marks the transition of Sun from Uttarayana(North) to Dakshinayana (South).
According to Vedic Books, it was the day when Lord Shiva, first taught Yoga to his disciples. The knowledge of Yoga first descended from Shiva on this day. We can say, June 21stas the Birthday of Yoga. This is the reason why several Yogic Preachers had advocated celebrating June 21stas the International Yoga Day.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi had urged the International Community to adopt 21st June as the International Yoga Day.United Nations has passed a resolution declaring June 21st every year as the International Yoga Day (World Yoga Day).
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Ayurveda is India’s most ancient healing system. It has spread worldwide as innovative and adopted as complementary medicine.Ayurveda helps us understand our own unique nature according to the three doshas of vata, pitta and kapha, reflecting nature’s elements within us. It is an individualised system of medicine that shows us the right therapies for health and longevity – which differ by person.
Ayurveda Day is basically Dhanwantri Jayanti – the birthday of the father of Ayurveda. Dhanvantari is the form of Lord Vishnu, the protective aspect of divinity, who arose from the samudramanthana, the original churning of the cosmic ocean, as a gift of healing for all.His birthday is celebrated by the practitioners of Ayurveda every year, on Dhanteras, two days before Diwali- the Hindu festival of lights.
Health and well-being remains one of the greatest challenges in this computer age. It is time to acknowledge Ayurveda as one of the most important traditions of natural healing in the world. It is one of the greatest gifts of India’s profound spiritual and yogic culture.
We are also celebrating this great day to say Happy Birthday to Lord Dhanwantri. By honouring Dhanvantari we can open ourselves to the power of healing within us.
Date: 23-10-2022 Dhanvantri Jayanti.
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