Indian Consulate in Chicago celebrates Ayurveda Day

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New Consul General of India in Chicago Somnath Ghosh, speaking at the Oct. 21, 2022, Ayurveda Day observance at the Consulate. Photo: Consulate of India

The Consulate General of India, Chicago, hosted the 7th Ayurveda Day on  October 21, 2022, attracting close to 100 Ayurveda enthusiasts from the Midwest region.

Recognition of Ayurveda and Ayurvedic products as holistic approach to health was the main focus of discussion.  The event was organised as part of the events to commemorate Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav or the ongoing year of celebrating India’s 75th anniversary of independence.

The program began with the chanting of Dhanvantri Stavan and lighting of the lamp ceremony, led by the new Consul General Somnath Ghosh, along with Swami Ishatmananda, Vivekananda Vedanta Society, and Swami Sharnanada, Chinmaya Mission, a press release from the Consulate said.

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Consul General Ghosh, who took over his post just a couple of days before the event, said in his opening remarks that the relevance and importance of Ayurveda, which is one of the most ancient and well documented system of medicine, is equally relevant in modern times.

India’s Chicago Consul General Somnath Ghosh, with the panelists of the Ayurveda Day program held at Consulate Oct. 21, 2022. Photo: Consulate of India Chicago

A panel of speakers from different parts of the Midwest included Vaidya Swati Mhaske, from Crystal Lake, IL; Vaidya Ashlesha Raut, President, Ayurvedic Union of Midwest from Bloomingdale, IL; Vaidya Asavari Manvikar, Founder & lead faculty at Minnesota Institute of Ayurveda; and Vaidya Pradeepa Rayasam from Ann Arbor, MI.

The program was moderated by Vaidya Deepti Suri, Hinsdale, a western suburb of Chicago.

Close to 100 Ayurveda specialists attended the Oct. 21, 2022, Ayurveda Day at the Indian Consulate in Chicago. Photo: Consulate of India in Chicago

Guest speakers who addressed the gathering included Swami Ishatmananda, Swami Sharanananda, Dr. Colleen Sen, Culinary Historian, Dr. Kalyani Sundar, Dr. Trupti Gokarni and Vaidya Ulka Nagarkar.

The Ayurvedia Union of Midwest, Art of Living (Chicago Chapter) and BAPS Swaminarayan Temple teams joined and supported the event.

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