Kolkata : AYUSH VYANJAN MAHOTSAN (AYUSH Food Festival) was held by Central Ayurveda Research Institute (CARI), Kolkata on 4 November. To mark 8th Ayurveda day, Ministry of AYUSH in collaboration with various ministries and departments of the Union Government is organizing several events from 10th October with different activities like exhibition of common medicinal plants, free distribution of medicinal plants, conducting daily public lectures, different competitions in schools and colleges and exhibition cum mini-expo, webinars, Ayush Food Festival, poster competitions, health camps, plantation of medicinal plants etc. towards spreading awareness about Ayurveda.
The celebrations will continue till November 10, 2022. The theme of the 8th Ayurveda Day is “Ayurveda for One Health”.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr G Babu, Director, CARI, Kolkata emphasized on the “Jan Sandesh, Jan Bhagidhari and Jan Andolan for Jan Arogya aspect of Ayurveda, and said,” For the 8th Ayurveda the Ministry of Ayush intends to explore potential of Ayurveda in promoting wellbeing of not only human being but also the wellbeing of environment, plants animals etc. in addition to wellbeing of people. Therefore, the theme chosen is “Ayurveda for One Health”.
The Director mentioned that millets provide an alternative food system in times of increasing demand for vegetarian foods as it contributes to a balanced diet as well as a safe environment. Terming millets ‘nature’s gift to mankind because of their tremendous nutritive value. Dr Babu said that millets have been a part of India’s agriculture, culture and civilization since ancient times. He added that millets are both climate-friendly and capable of combating lifestyle diseases. He spoke of the value of millets as fodder and said that millets had truly multidimensional benefits.
Dr B.C Jana, Ex-Professor; Dr Dipsundar Sahu, Reach Officer, CARI and Dr T K Mondal, Assistant Director, CARI among others were also present on the occasion.