Vaidyaratnam Ayurveda Museum

Jan 01, 2014 | Vol 6, Issue 1
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Taking the rich Ayurveda legacy forward, the Vaidyaratnam group has set up an Ayurveda museum at Thaikkattussery(Thrissur Dt, Kerala, India)  recently .Conceptualised during the 100th birth anniversary of the late. E.T. Neelakandhan Mooss, the Ayurveda museum is set up with a vision of transferring the knowledge and experience of our yesteryear generations to the succeeding ones. It was inaugurated by the former president of India, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam on 27 December 2013.

Ayurveda, the Science of Life (Ayur- means Life or Longevity and Veda is Science or Knowledge) is one of the oldest system of health care, originated in the pristine land of India and has an antiquity of about 5000 years. Ayurveda represents the holistic treatment methods of eternal healing utilizing plants and other natural products. This treasure – trove of traditional wisdom is practiced and perfected by the Indian medical practitioners or the Vaidyars and were passed on to the successive generations mainly vocally or through manuscripts, so that this unique treatment system can be utilized for the wellness of humanity.  Like in many parts of the country, the science of Ayurveda flourished in Kerala also and Ayurveda has got emancipated as a way of life for the people.

Eledathu Thaikattu is the family of Ayurveda practitioners, who belongs to the Ashta vaidya tradition (traditionally assigned families who practice all the eight branches of Ayurveda) of Kerala. Thaikkattussery, a small village in Thrissur District of Kerala (India) is the abode of the Eledathu Thaikkattu family. In 1924, the then Viceroy of India Lord Reading, bestowed the title 'Vaidyaratnam' on the doyen of the family, Narayanan Mooss. Vaidyaratnam Oushadhasala, The Ayurvedic medicine manufacturing unit was founded in 1941 by E T  Neelakandhan Mooss, the son of Ashtavaidyan Narayanan Mooss.

Taking the rich Ayurveda legacy forward, the Vaidyaratnam group has set up an Ayurveda museum at Thaikkattussery recently .Conceptualised during the 100th birth anniversary of the late. E.T. Neelakandhan Mooss, the Ayurveda museum is set up with a vision of transferring the knowledge and experience of our yesteryear generations to the succeeding ones. It was inaugurated by the former president of India, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam on 27 December 2013.

The Ayurveda museum

The museum which is first of its kind in Kerala, elaborates a dioramic representation of the vibrant tradition and growth of Ayurveda over the years and also the works of great Acharyas who have contributed to the evolution of the Science over the years.  It provides a mesmerising journey for the visiting tourist, starting from the Vedic era, during which the genesis of Ayurveda occurred, through the developmental eras of Samhita and Samgraha, and finally to the contemporary period using a plethora of audio-visual aids including scriptures, sculptures and pictures.

There are three blocks for the museum complex- Acharya gruham, Main museum complex and a Digital theatre covering a total area of 6000 sqft. The Acharya Gruham  is the  80 yr old heritage structure which was the consulting room for E T Neelakandan Mooss, and  is now renovated  with an inner courtyard to give an elegant look. The Museum complex presents the sculptures of great Acharyas and depicts their contribution to the development of Ayurveda.  A diorama of the classical procedures practised in Ayurveda together with a picture gallery and the collection of 300 different medicinal plants offers the visitor an enthralling experience. Another highlight is the vast library which showcases the ancient manuscripts of 'Ashtavaidyas' and other literatures and scriptures on Ayurveda.  A  Digital theatre is also designed for audio-visual shows and presentations on Ayurveda. A collection of CDs pertaining to Ayurveda is provided in the digital library. A curator and four guides are employed for the service of the visitors.

Timing: 10 am to 6 pm on all days,  (Monday holiday)
Entry fee: Rs.50/- for adults and Rs.20/- for students.

For info: The Curator,

Vaidyaratnam Oushadhasala,
Thaikkattussery, Ollur,
Thrissur Dt, Kerala, India,
Ph: +91 487- 2350230
www.ayurvedamuseum.com

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