On Dhanvantri Divas, Agra’s Ayurveda street deserted

The once bustling and busy VaidyaGali near the Agra Fort wore a deserted look on Dhanvantri Divas – the day dedicated to the Hindu god of medicine, Dhanvantri. Till 20 years ago, the VaidyaGali of Agra, sandwiched between the Agra Fort and the Jama Masjid, was a major centre of Ayurvedic medicine, and many practitioners operated out of this area. There were more than 20 Ayurvedic doctors in a single lane about 25 years ago, with a large clientele; these days, only about five remain. Even Mahatma Gandhi once stayed in Agra in 1929, for 11 days, while under the treatment of a local vaidya. The house he lived in while under treatment has since become a museum, the Gandhi Smarak adjacent to the Etmauddaula Tomb.

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