As the clock struck midnight hour, on 15th Oct 2016, more than 10, 000 people participated and benefitted through ‘Sharad Purnima Ayurvedic Health Camps’ organized by Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan at its Nurmahal Ashram, Dabwali Malko Ki Ashram, Divya Dham Ashram, Kurushetra Ashram, Saharsa Ashram, Bengaluru Ashram, Bhopal Ashram and Chakan Ashram to consume traditional ayurvedic medicine for the treatment of Asthma, chronic cough, cold, sinus or other bronchial problems.
The Sharad Purnima or Kojaagari Purnima or Kumar Purnima or Kaumudi celebration, the sacred Indian festival celebrated on the full moon night of the Hindu lunar month of Ashvin (September–October), beholds great medical significance. Sharad Purnima holds a special significance in Ayurvedic treatment system. Ayurvedacharyas affirms that on Sharad Purnima full moon emits rays which have medicinal and healing properties of nourishing the body and the soul. It is for this reason, traditionally the festival is celebrated by fasting through the day and opening the fast by consumption of a special rice and milk preparation (Kheer) cooked in earthenware or silver vessel in open moonlight. Enriched and fortified by moonlight, Rice Kheer pacifies pitta, is cool in effect, is sattvic and cures the diseases caused by aggravated pitta which a person may confront with the onset of winter. In addition, the festival has great spiritual significance, dedicated to the worship of goddess Lakshmi, a seeker calls upon the mother to bless him with divine qualities.
Under the divine guidance of His Holiness Shri Ashutosh Maharaj Ji, founder and head of Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan, DJJS Sharad Purnima Ayurvedic Health Camps are annually organized on Sharad Purnima to revive and extend spiritual, scientific and medical intent of the festival. The event commenced with collective peace prayers and bhajans which serve as relieving medication for the restless mind and prepare the being to reap wholesome health benefits. Patients diagnosed symptomatically with asthma or other bronchial problems were instructed to take diet mainly fruits and liquids only and not to sleep 4 hours before and after consuming medicine. The special Ayurvedic formulation for symptomatic Asthma is mixed with the kheer (2 g of herbal drug for every 100 g of kheer) and is distributed to the patients at midnight hour. With Om chanting, patients consumed the medicine with hearts brimming with faith and prayers. A special cultural- spiritual programs and health awareness sessions were organized till 4 am in the morning for the patients and their companions.
Besides this, the camp is specially designed to sensitize the patients on the overall benefits of the Ayurvedic medicines. It also extends basic health services like free consultancy and diagnosis for all disease by ayurvedic doctors along with B.P. Test, Sugar Test, etc. to the patients.