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History

Established a hundred years before, the Keraleeya Ayurveda Samajam is a singular organization in preserving and promoting the principles and practices of Ayurvedic Medicine, internationally. Running on charitable lines with no profit - no loss motto, the Samajam today is engaged in Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Dispensaries, Teaching & Training programmes, Research & Development activities, Cultivation of medicinal plants & Manufacture of herbal medicines, Ayurveda Therapeutics and Rejuvenation Practices, Panchakarma & related therapies, and most importantly in Preventive Health Care concepts. Branched out to 7 centers including to the Andamans, the Samajam caters to the needs of a large population from different parts of India and abroad. 

Beyond commercialization and competition, Samajam still remains on ethical lines in Medical Practice.

A hundred years before two princely states in Kerala, the Kochi and the Malabar were always at enmity and the bone of their contention was the loss of the 'Perumpadappu Swaroopam' of Kochi to the Zamorins of Malabar. They never met in peace but in war; and, a historic exception was made once when they met, not to discuss any princely or royal matters but to create an organization to serve the public on health related matters and, thus formed the Keraleeya Ayurveda Samajam.

 
Zamorin of Calicut
 
Maharaja of Cochin
 

In 1902, the first ever congress of the Samajam was convened at Chalappuram in Kozhikode. The first annual meeting witnessed the presence of the Manavikrama Ettan Raja, the Zamorin of Calicut and the Ramavarma Appan Thampuran, the 6th Prince, the Kunjunnithampuran of the Kochi State. The assemblage also included the presence of stalwarts like Kochunni Thampuran, Kavalappara Mooppil Nair, Chirakkal Ramavarma Ilaya Raja, K.C. Veerarayan Raja, Kollankottu Raja, Vasudeva Raja, Kuroor Damodaran Namboodirippad, Thriprangod Parameswaran Mooss,  Rao Bahadhur M.C. Krishna Varma Raja, Vengayil Kunji Raman Nair and P.S. Warrier. The first ever administrative body of the Samajam was formed thus with Sri. K.R. Padmanabha Iyer becoming its first Secretary. And, at this first annual meeting, the name “Keraleeya Ayurveda Samajam” was introduced, 55 years before the State of Kerala was formed.

 
 


Trust Formation


In 1913, the Samajam was registered as a Charitable Trust. The first administrative body of the Samajam decided to open a treatment centre as a hospital and nursing home institution in Cheruthuruthy, the central and border point between the two princely states of Kochi and Malabar. The first ever Hospital (Kidathi Chikitsa Kendram) in Ayurveda thus came into existence in a land area of 2.44 acres donated by the Kochi Royal palace under Rama Varma Appan Thampuran. And, the hospital structure was later to house the Central Research Institute on Panchakarma, of Government of India, Cheruthuruthy, on the southern banks of the River Nila, popularly known as Bharatha puzha.

In 1941 Samajam was shifted to the northern banks of the river Bharathapuzha in Shoranur. Since then, the establishment is popularly known as “Keraleeya Ayurveda Samajam, Shoranur”.


 


Samajam is centrally controlled from its Head Quarters in Shoranur, in the Palakkad district of Kerala.

Having had the privileged service of great personalities including Shri. PS Varier who later set up Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala in the year of 1915, Samajam had eminent personalities like Former Prime Minister Shri. Gulsarilal Nanda, Governors like Shri. R. Prakasam and Shri. Subbarayan, Former Chief Minister Kamaraj Nadar, Former Union Minister Shri C. Subramaniam,famous Classical Musician Chembai Vaidya Natha Bhagavathar, Mahakavi Vallathol etc. in the member's list in its early days. Samajam today has an array of similar familiar persons like Padmavibhooshan Justice V. R. Krishna Iyer who whole heartedly support this non profitable venture. Former President of India, H.E.Shri. KR Narayanan was the led Patron of Samajam.

With the blessings and wishes of all these prominent persons Samajam still is in the forefront of Pure Ayurveda untouched by the modern market economy.

The Samajam has ever been guided by its founding principles; that are to

(1) provide treatments and medicines to the economically poor, free of cost.

(2) to educate students by establishing teaching & training institute (Ayurveda Patanalayam)

(3) to promote and preserve Ayurveda.

 
 


Centers

Samajam earlier had centers in Royapetta (Chennai) George Town (Chennai) Salem, Madhura, Coimbatore and Gudoor (Andrapradesh). Except for the Royapetta centre in Chennai, the rest were terminated owing to operational difficulties.

   

The Chennai center is the oldest centre that the Samajam has, started about 60 years before and the Bangalore centre is the youngest centre. Besides, the Samajam has centers in Ernakulam, Palakkad, Kozhikode, Thiruvanthapuram and in Andaman-Nicobar islands.

 
Center Address Facilities Physicians Panel Visit
Andamans

Keraleeya Ayurveda Samajam,
Pongy Kyaung Road,
Near Tamil Sangam,
Port Blair, Andamans.
Phone : +91 3192 244445

Treatment Rooms : 2

Residential Physician:

Dr.Smitha Khan BAMS
Kozhikkode

Keraleeya Ayurveda Samajam
Madhavan Nair Road,
Pushpa Theater Jn., Chalapuram,
Kozhikode, Kerala.
Phone : +91 (495) 230 6717,
230 4478

Treatment Rooms : 2
Double Rooms : 3
Single Room : 1

Residential Physician :

Dr. C. Satheeshkumar BAMS
Dr. Anila BAMS


Chennai

Keraleeya Ayurveda Samajam,
301, Lloyd’s Road, Royapettah, Chennai. Tamil Nadu.
Phone : +91 (442) 813 2361,
813 0874

Treatment Rooms : 2

Residential Physician : Dr. V. Ajimon BAMS

Panel Visit :
4th Saturday and Sunday
Kochi
Keraleeya Ayurveda Samajam, Karakkat Road, Near South Railway Station, Cochin-682 016.
Phone : +91 (484) 237 5075, 237 5603

Treatment Rooms : 2
Double Rooms : 4

Residential Physician : Dr. Geetha G. Menon BAMS

Consulting Physician : Dr. V. Jayakumar BAMS



Bangalore

Sri Sharada Ayurveda Kendra,
Shankara Puram, Banasavadi, Bangalore 560004
Phone: (080) 26602273 / 41204784

                       


Residential Physician : Dr.Sushama, BAMS

 

Palakkad

Keraleeya Ayurveda Samajam,
Manjakkulam, Palakkad. Kerala.
Phone : +91 (491) 250 0528,
250 0569

Treatment Rooms : 3
Double Rooms : 8

Residential Physician :
Dr. Jinimol.P.V, BAMS

Consulting Physicians:

Dr.Gopinathan.C.P,DAM,
Dr. Manu MD (Ay)

Panel Visit:1st saturday

Thiruvananthapuram

Keralaeeya Ayurveda Samajam,
Thykkad, Thiruvanthapuram,
Phone : +91 (471) 233 8145,
232 1810

                               


Treatment Rooms : 4
Double Rooms : 10

Residential Physician :
Dr. Minimala, BAMS

Consulting Physician:
Dr. S.S. Shaji, BAMS


Panel Visit :
2nd Friday
Special Visit:
2nd and 4th Saturday : Dr.K.Rajagopalan MBBS, DAM, FAIM

 
 


The guiding personalities

The first ever board of Directors entrusted the responsibility of running the establishment to Ramavarma Appan Thampuran as the Managing Director (later to call as President) and Shri. Padmanabha Iyer as the Secretary.

Subsequently, personalities like Shri. A.V. Govinda Menon, Shri. V.V. Rama Iyer, Shri. P.B. Kurup, Advocate Shri. M.K..Raja, Dr. K.P.N. Menon and Brahmashri Poomulli Neelakandan Namboodirippad guided Samajam.

Today, the Board of Directors of Keraleeya Ayurveda Samajam, a charitable society, is headed by Padmashri. Dr. K. Rajagopalan as its President and Shri. M. Muraleedharan as its Secretary supported by a 9 member board of directors, elected by its members for a 5 year term.

 


As regards to its professional strength, Samajam has ever been fortunate to have the services of the members of the legendary Ashtavaidya families. It also attracted the presence of learned physicians of exceptional skills. A pioneering step by way of setting up the first ever Chikitsa yogam (panel of physicians) started soon after the inception of Samajam saw the presence of 4 Ashtavaidyas, 4 eminent Ayurvedic physicians and 2 modern medical practitioners.

The first ever panel was chaired by the illustrious physician, Shri. Thriprangod Parameswaran Mooss who was at a time requested by the then Madras Governor to treat the Chief Justice of the British High Court in Bombay, Sir Basil Scott. Shri Mooss was subsequently honored by the British government in India by awarding him the first ever Vaidya Ratna in 1911, by Lord Charles Hardinge, the then British Viceroy in India, the honorary title coveted by many in later years.

Ashtavaidya families of Chirattamon, Alathiyoor, Thaikkatt, Pulamanthol and eminent physicians like Vaidyamatom Valiya Narayanan Namboodiri, Thirunavaya Mooss, Kuttancherry Mooss and the like served the Samajam to glory and new heights.

Samajam still have the presence of physicians of singular talents like Ashtavaidyan Alathiyoor Nambi, Ashtavaidyan Thaikkatt E.T. Divakaran Mooss, Vaidya Kalanidhi Prof. K. Sreedharan Nair, Padmashri. Dr. K. Rajagopalan, Dr. K. Sankaran MD (Ay) (Former Director - Ayurveda Medical Education), Dr. KP Muralidharan (Former Pricipal - Ayurveda College Coimbatore) and Dr. TV Menon ( Former Asst. Director - CRI).

As part of its public awareness Campaign especially among the Rural population, Samajam organises Ayurveda Insight Missions. While free check up and medical advice is given and medicines to the deserving, Samajam stresses on the agrarian population to grow more herbs by making them aware of the sustainable, ecological and cultural importance of Ayurveda in the contemporary world and also its vast market potential with herbs and herbal Medicine.

Dr. K. Rajagopalan
President
 
M. Muraleedharan
Secretary
 
 
 
 

Today

OLD SCHOOL, NEW GRAMMAR is the approach Samajam has taken recently as part of their moral and social duty to reach and teach the public. The idea is to give modern facility along with traditional Ayurvedic Treatment, rejuvenating or therapeutic.

If in 1902, Samajam was formed to extend a helping hand to the general public of the services of great physicians by bringing the people to the medical centre, doing away with the feudal system of the Physician visiting the patient that too only the rich due to shortage of time, Samajam now moves a step forward by going to the patient, rather going to every patient on cyber. Thus as envisaged by the founders, Samajam now goes GLOBALLY LOCAL, with consultation available on line 24 hours.


 


 


The legacy


Commercialization has never been in the minds of the Keraleeya Ayurveda Samajam, it shall never be, too. Like the lone banyan tree standing on the scorching sun on the side of the long stretch of road to comfort the weary traveler, the Samajam stands to comfort the sick and weak, with the strength gained out of the 5000 years old heritage wisdom of India, the Ayurveda of mankind.
Competition has never been in the minds of the Keraleeya Ayurveda Samajam, it shall never been too. Like the rain cloud that

 

showers over the dry-parched land to spring life on earth, the Samajam stands well high in the sky to shower all its knowledge and experience to all who are in need. There is no bias. There is no ulterior motives. And, there is nothing that won't be above board.

The standard and the methodology of Samajam, be it on conducting treatments or imparting knowledge, be it on preparing medicines or treating a disease, be it on introducing innovative programmes or undertaking research activities, are adopted by many and being constantly compared by many more.
 
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