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Dutch Mark Their First Ayurveda Day

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Mayor A.G.J Strien, Etienne and Beena Premdani

Renowned Ayurveda organisations and practitioners have come together to celebrate the first ground-breaking Ayurveda Day of The Netherlands at Olst in the Dutch province of Overijssel , coinciding with Vijaya Dashami celebrations….A special report by Ragasudha Vinjamuri for Asian Lite News

Mayor A.G.J Strien, Etienne and Beena Premdani

The first ever Ayurveda event was hosted by long-serving Ayurveda practitioners in the country Etienne and Beena Premdaniat at Premdani Congress Hall and had about 200 guests in attendance. Special message of support from His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima were read on the occasion.

Mayor of Olst-Wijhe A.G.J. Ton Strien was the chief guest, with several prominent attendees including Amarjeet S Bhamra, All Party Parliamentary Group on Indian Traditional Sciences, Ayurveda Ratan Dr. Shantha Godagama, Ayurvedic Medical Association UK (AMA), Dr. Mauroof Athique, College of AyurVeda UK, Prof. Madan Thangavelu, Research Council for Complementary Medicine UK (RCCM), Britany Spence, British Complementary Medicine Association UK (BCMA), Dr. Girish Momaya, Maharishi AyurVeda The Netherlands, Uitgeverij Oorsprong, The Netherlands, and Etienne Premdani of Premdani Ayurveda.

The speakers have all emphasised on the importance of Ayurveda in healing and treatments, and how the world is slowly accepting its inclusion in their studies and respective national medical systems. Etienne Premdani’s 200-page Dutch book on Ayurveda, ’The Jewel of Medical Sciences’ was launched on the occasion.

It is well-known that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi renamed Dhanvantari Day to Ayurveda Day in 2016. The Day aims to raise global awareness on the many benefits of physical, mental and spiritual practice of Ayurveda which originated in India five thousand years ago. Today this ancient Indian science is recognised by the World Health Organization and is practiced around the world and continues to grow in popularity.