Vaidya Gangadharshastri Puranik took reins of the company in his hands in 1933. In the same year, he and his younger brother Shree Mahadevshastri Puranik established Shree Dhootapapeshwar Ayurved Trust in memory of their late father Shree Vishnushastri Puranik. This trust gave funds for the research work on basic principles of Ayurvedic Medicine.
The trust in 1934 started a 30 bed Ayurvedic Hospital named Ayurved Rugnalaya. For next 50 years many Ayurvedic doctors provided their services to the society through this hospital. Today Shree Dhootapapeshwar Ayurved Trust is a registered trust dedicated to the cause of Ayurved. Its activities touch diverse fields such as organic cultivation, free healthcare camps and liaisons with Ayurvedic fraternity.
Shree Dhootapapeshwar Ayurved Rugnalaya, 1939
In the pre-independence era, it was the need of the period to bring Ayurvedic Medicine into the main stream along with Modern medicine which was the only medicine promoted by the British Government. Even main leaders of the Independence struggle were of the same opinion.
For this to happen it was necessary to systemise the education system of Ayurvedic Medicine. At that time, Ayurved was still taught and studied in traditional way mostly in families and through Guru-Shishya Parampara. There was neither the official Ayurvedic course nor the institution for Ayurvedic Medicine.
It was thus the necessity of the time to establish an institute or College imparting official and systematic course in Ayurvedic medicine. Banaras Hindu University, commonly known as BHU founded in 1912 by Madan Mohan Malaviya initiated this process.
Taking inspiration from him Shree Dhootapapeshwar Ayurved Vidyalaya Samiti (SDAVS) was established in 1940 with the aim of starting Ayurved College in Panvel. Many renowned vaidyas were students of this institution.
When in post independence era many Ayurvedic institutions were founded and Education of Ayurvedic medicine was finally systemized students from SDAVS were transferred to Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, Sion.
Today, Shree Dhootapapeshwar Ayurved Vidyalaya Samiti (SDAVS) is engaged in Reprinting and Publishing of old Ayurvedic text books and treatises to make them easily available and accessible to Ayurvedic physicians as well as students.
Its key publications include Ayurvediya Aushadhikaran by Vd. Dhamankar and Vd. Gangadhar Puranik, and Ayurvediya Aushadhi Dravya Shodanvidhi by Vd. Dhamankar.
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Shree Dhootapapeshwar Ayurved Research Foundation was established in 1949 under chairmanship of Vaidya Venumadhav Shastri.
It is an organisation dedicated to challenges concerning updating of the Ayurvedic tenets. Standardized, Authentic, Safe and Efficacious are the virtues this research foundation validates for Ayurvedic formulations. The challenge is to present Ayurvedic products, which have been in use for centuries on the firm footing to meet the demands of questioning scientists of the new millennium.
SDARF in 2001 developed Shree Dhootapapeshwar Standards to define own norms of Shree Dhootapapeshwar Ltd for raw material as well as finished products. Shree Dhootapapeshwar Standards (SDS) is a compilation of protocols that validates the classical Ayurvedic formulations to the expectations of Modern Medical Practitioners. Continuous updating and adaptation of modern Pharmaceutical technologies are hallmark of its mandate.
Ayurvedic remedies are increasingly being sought these days for the treatment of various ‘Life style disorders’. Shree Dhootapapeshwar Ayurvedic Research Foundation (SDARF) is responding to these requirements of the society and is working tirelessly in this direction.