Oushadha Biksha Yatra to tour temples of Alappuzha on Sunday


Alappuzha, June 30: The Oushadha Biksha Yatra of  the Nelliakkattu Sreedhareeyam Oushadheswari  temple of Koothattukulam ,  set out to cover 114 temples across the state seeking divine blessings for a healthy society, will be touring major temples in Alappuzha district  on Sunday. 

The  Yatra marks the  revival of the practice  of collecting from people the ingredients for making the restorative medicine consumed by Keralites in Karkitakam of Malayalam calendar.

The specially decorated vehicle fashioned as a chariot, which had already visited several temples in the southern districts  since  it was flagged off  on June 27, carries the lighted traditional lamp and the idol of Goddess Oushadheswari (the Goddess of wellness).

The Yatra’s tour of Alappuha district will start from Krishnapuram Sree Krishna Swamy temple.

During the course of the day, it will pass through Puthiyidom Sree Krishna Sway temple at Kayamkulam,  Chetttikulangara Bhagavathy temple, Mattam Sree Mahadeva Temple, Harippad  Sree Subrahmanya Swamy temple,Mannarassala Sree  Nagaraja temple, Thottappaly Bhagavathy temple, Ambalapuzha Sree Krishna Swamy temple, Irattakulangara Sree Mahadeva temple, Vandanam Sreedharma Sastha temple and Kidangamparamb Sree Bhuvaneswary temple.

Several distinguished personalities would be turning up to make offerings and pray as the campaign touches different temples in the district.

The Yatra has evoked  tremendous response en route with devotees  thronging  to offer ‘ alms’  in the form of Thriphala and ghee, which will be used as ingredients to make the medicine to be distributed to people during the month of Karkitakam.

The Yatra has been planned in two stretches, with the first leg of it touring south Kerala, covering 28 temples. The second leg of the Yatra will start from Thiruvananthapuram and go up to Neeleswaram in Kasargode district.

It has been a centuries old tradition in  Kerala to take specially prepared Ayurvedic  medicines and follow a strict regimen of simple diet and oil bath  in the  month of Karkitakam (broadly July-August ), which will re-energise the body and mind.

The devotees will be served the medicine after poojas and rituals at the Oushadheswari temple from the first day of the month of Karkitakam.

The Yatra will conclude on July 15.

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