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, "the knowledge for long life in Vedas"; or ayurvedic medicine
is a Hindu system of traditional medicine
native to India
and a form of alternative medicine
. The earliest literature on Indian medical practice appeared during the Vedic period
in India, in Rigved
Some other known written text are Suśruta Saṃhitā and the Charaka Saṃhitā, encyclopedias of medicine compiled from various sources from the mid-first millennium BCE to about 500 CE, and are among the foundational and formally compiled works of Ayurveda. Over the following centuries, ayurvedic practitioners developed a number of medicinal preparations and surgical procedures for the treatment of various ailments. Current practices derived (or reportedly derived) from Ayurvedic medicine are regarded as part of complementary and alternative medicine. (Full article...)
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- August 1: 1920 – Death of Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Indian lawyer and journalist (b. 1856)
- August 1, 2012 Pune bombings
- August 3: Shravana Putrada Ekadashi
- August 3 1929 – Jiddu Krishnamurti, believed to be the "World Teacher" by C. W. Leadbeater, shocked the Theosophy movement by dissolving the Order of the Star.
- August 4: Varalakshmi Vrat. Varalakshmi Vratam is very popular fasting and Puja day in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.
- August 7 (Full Moon): Raksha Bandhan. Rakhi, which is also known as Raksha Bandhan, is a Hindu festival which is celebrated across India. Raksha Bandhan is recognized and celebrated among Hindus for its symbolic significance. Raksha Bandhan draws it significance from a sacred thread which is known as Rakhi. It is believed that the thread protects the one who wears it, especially during the auspicious time of Shravana Purnima.
- August 7: Hayagriva Jayanti is the birth anniversary of Lord Hayagriva who is considered the incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
- August 7: Shravana Purnima
- August 7: Raksha Bandhan
- August 7: Sanskrit Diwas. In modern India, Gayatri Jayanti day during Shravana Purnima is observed as Sanskrit Diwas, a day to mark the importance of Sanskrit language.
- August 7: Gayatri Jayanti. Gayatri Jayanti is observed as the birth anniversary of Goddess Gayatri, the Goddess of Veda. Being the Goddess of all Veda, Goddess Gayatri is also known as Veda Mata. Devotees observe Gayatri Jayanti by making special prayers to Gayatri Mata and by repeatedly chanting Gayatri Mantra.
- August 7: Chandra Grahan *Anshika.
- August 8: The Festival of the Tooth: In Sri Lanka there is a temple that houses a tooth relic of the Buddha. It can't be seen, but once a year there is a procession for it on the full moon in August
- August 8: Procession Guru Ka Bagh (Sikh)
- August 8, 1993: 1993 bombing of RSS office in Chennai
- August 10: Kajari Teej. Teej festivity is observed with much fanfare by women in North Indian states, especially in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar.
- August 12: 1831 - Birth of H. P. Blavatsky, an idiosyncratic figure who popularized Hinduism and Buddhism in the West
- August 13: 2016 – Death of Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Indian Hindu leader (b. 1921)
- August 13: Obon (Japan)
- August 14: Partition Horrors Remembrance Day
- August 14: Krishna Janmashtami
- August 15: Janmashtami *ISKCON
- August 15: 1872 – Birth of Sri Aurobindo, Indian guru, poet, and philosopher (d. 1950)
- August 16: 1886 – Death of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Indian mystic and philosopher (b. 1836)
- August 16: 1946 – A day of widespread riot and manslaughter (Direct Action Day) took place in the city of Calcutta as a result of the Muslim League's call for an independent Pakistan.
- August 16: Simha Sankranti.
- August 17: Aja Ekadashi
- August 18: Gauna Aja Ekadashi
- August 18: 1945 – Death of Subhas Chandra Bose, Indian activist and politician (b. 1897)
- August 18: Jor Mela (Festival) Baba Bakala (Sikh)
- August 19: 1967 – Birth of Khandro Rinpoche, Indian spiritual leader
- August 20: 2014 – Death of B. K. S. Iyengar, Indian yoga instructor and author, founded Iyengar Yoga (b. 1918)
- August 20: Martyrdom Sant Harchand Singh Ji Longowal (Sikh)
- August 21: Somvati Amavas, Surya Grahan *Purna
- August 22: 1877 - Birth of Ananda Coomaraswamy
- August 24: Hartalika Teej. Hartalika Teej Vrat is observed during Shukla Paksha Tritiya of Bhadrapada month. On this day, makeshift statues of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are made with the sand and worshipped. Hartalika Vrat is known as Gowri Habba in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu and it is a significant festival to get blessing of Goddess Gowri.
- August 25: Ganesh Chaturthi. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated as birth anniversary of Lord Ganesh.
- August 25 2003 Mumbai bombings
- August 25, 2007 Hyderabad bombings
- August 26: Rishi Panchami
- August 27: 1931 – Birth of Sri Chinmoy, Indian-American guru and poet (d. 2007)
- August 29: Radha Ashtami. Rasha Ashtami is commemorated as birth anniversary of Goddess Radha, the consort of Lord Krishna.
- August 29: Completion of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji (Sikh)