The award was given away to the renowned 71-year-old ayurveda practitioner by DGM Ayurveda Medical College, Gadag, Principal Prof G B Patil.
Speaking after receiving the honour, Narayanamurthy said there is a demand for ayurveda across the world. People from various countries are showing keen interest in learning ayurveda and they are taking up studies in India, he said and added ayurveda medicine which is nothing but the extracts of medicinal plants has proved effective for countless diseases.
N S Narayanamurthy hails from Sagar taluk of Shimoga district. He has been working as ayurveda practitioner for the last 40 years. The award carries cash of Rs10,000.