Sanskrit for Ayurveda


।। ॐ धन्वन्तरये नम: ।।

।। आयुर्वेदाय संस्कृतम् ।।

संस्कृतव्याकरणेन आयुर्वेदावगमनम् ।

पठाम संस्कृतम् । अवगच्छाम आयुर्वेदम् ।


Modern living is characterised by excessive mental stress leading to various mental and physical health issues. Intensive research is these conditions is underway using alternative medical systems. Ayurveda, an ancient health system,offers interesting solutions to address today’s health issues. As we know, all knowledge in Ayurveda is codified using Sanskrit. Therefore, a good working knowledge of Sanskrit is crucial to properly understand Ayurvedic source texts. This course is designed to address the lacuna among several students, researchers, practitioners of Ayurveda and others with a keen interest in the subject matter.

The course will blend conceptual inputs and practical sessions. With its unique design, this course enables students, researchers and practitioners of Ayurveda to undergo the course with minimum disruption to their existing schedule.

This innovative programme is targeted at junior Ayurvedic practitioners, researchers and students of Ayurveda.


Prof. Vinayak Rajat Bhat is an Assistant Professor of Vyakarana at the Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth. He earned his Ph.D from the Rashtriya Samskrit Sansthan, Sringeri under the guidance of Prof. Ramanuja Devanathan following on a traditional education under his guru Dr. Chandrashekhar Bhat, Rashtriya Samskrit Sansthan, Rajiv Gandhi Campus, Sringeri.

With expertise ranging from Vyakarana to Jyotisha, he taught Jyotisha for a year and Vyakarana for 4 years in Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan. Dr. Bhat has been honoured with Abhijña, Kovida and Chūdamaṇi in Vyākaraṇa. He has deep interest in various subjects like Ayurveda, Yoga, Drama and Science. Dr. Bhat has published several research papers.

Prof. Nagendra Pavana, Assistant Professor at Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth, has studied Pāninīya vyākaraṇa in traditional gurukula system since childhood. He has studied both prācīna and navya systems with renowned scholars, and has exposure to Alaṇkāra śāstra and Nyāya śastra. He has taught śāstra for 11 years. He has worked with Vyoma Linguistic Labs for developing e-learning tools in Samskrit.

Course Objectives

The primary objective of the course is to equip the participants with necessary skills so that they can go through the ayurvedic texts in original, develop a better understanding and thereby make useful interpretations. Specific objectives are listed below:

  • Develop rudimentary grammatical foundations required for Ayurveda literature
  • Develop proficiency in deconstructing compound words and joint words in Ayurvedic texts to help in correct understanding of the constructs
  • Help understand the etymology of technical words in Ayurveda
  • Introduce the fundamentals pertaining selected verses of Amarakosa


A basic introduction to Sanskrit and familiarity with Devanagari script are the only pre-requisites for the course. Students of Ayurveda and those who are going to pursue Ayurveda, practitioners of Ayurveda and those who have interest in both Ayurveda & Sanskrit will benefit greatly from this course.

Course Highlights

This course will deal with –

  • Sanskrit Grammar – Sandhi, Samāsa, Kāraka, Kṛdanta, Taddhita, Shabda, Dhātu. (These will be discussed using specific examples from Ayurvedic texts)
  • Ayurvedic verses for practice
  • Select verses of Ayurvedic texts

Course Duration and Timeline

Week Date Time
Week 1 Oct. 17 – Oct. 22, 2016 Classes on-site at the University’s CEG campus, Kochi
Week 3 Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 9AM to 1PM, Online Session
Week 6 Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 9AM to 1PM, Online Session
Week 9 Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016 9AM to 1PM, Online Session
Week 12 Jan. 02 – Jan. 07, 2017 Classes on-site at the University’s CEG campus, Kochi


For week 1 & week 12, see details on boarding and lodging below. Instructions for online sessions will be distributed on enrollment. Students will require a good internet connection to participate fully.

The 80-contact hours in this course will be spread over three months. Classes in the first and last week lasting 6 days will be conducted on-site at the Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth’s Kochi Campus. There will be 4-hour online Saturday classes in Week 3, Week 6, and Week 9.

Additional Highlights

  • Eminent scholars from the field of Ayurveda and Sanskrit will be invited as guest speakers during the programme
  • During the on-site sessions in week 1 & week 12:
    • Morning sessions will be dedicated for lectures and afternoon sessions for discussions and practical learning
    • In the afternoon sessions, participants will be divided into groups for guided learning session through practice
    • The participants will be required to work on “take home” assignments that will lead to a final submission on some an selected topic at the end of the course
    • Week 12 will conclude with an exam which will be graded
    • All candidates who have successfully completed the requirements will be awarded a Certificate
    • Accommodation will be provided on a twin sharing basis. However, a limited number of single occupancy rooms are available


  • Boarding and Lodging will be provided at the University’s Kochi campus
  • Required course material will be provided
  • Students will travel at their own expense

Fee Structure

Course Fees (excludes any applicable service tax)

  • Rs. 4,000/- (includes tuition fee, course materials and online access)

Boarding & Lodging – inclusive for Week 1 & Week 12:

  • Rs. 6,000/- (Twin sharing)
  • Rs. 8,500/- (Single occupancy)


Send in your application (in the prescribed format), with the course fee, to the Campus Director, Chinmaya Eswar Gurukula (CEG), Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth on or before October 5, 2016.


Campus Director
Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth
Kochi CEG Campus
Adi Sankara Nilayam, Adi Sankara Marg
Veliyanad, Ernakulam – 682313 Kerala, India
Tel: +91-75588-96000

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Unless we have a definite faith in the goal of our existence, and unless we believe, work for, and actually come to experience the goal positively as an existent factor, there is no hope of any plan becoming successful. —Swami Chinmayananda
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