OushadhaBikshaYatra to reach temples in Ernakulamon July 3


Kochi, July 1: TheOushadhaBikshaYatraof  theNelliakkattuSreedhareeyamOushadheswari  temple of Koothattukulam ,  set outto cover 114 temples across the state seeking divine blessings for a healthy society, will be touring  temples in Ernakulam district  on July 3.

The Yatrarevives the centuries-oldpractice  of collecting from people the ingredients for making the restorativeAyurvedic medicinal  preparation consumed by Keralites in the month of Karkitakam of Malayalam calendar, to attune their body and mind.

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

LokSabha member and Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman,Shri  K V Thomas , and other distinguished personalities, will turn up to receive the Yatra and make symbolic offering of medicines, as befits the tradition.

The Yatra will be entering the district  after stop-over in various temples in  Alappuzha district, including Kanichukulangara Devi temple, ThiruvizhaMahadeva temple ,CherthalaKarthiyayani temple and ThuravoorMahadeva temple.

In Ernakulam, the first destination of  the campaign will be EdakochiSreeKrishnaswamy temple and roll on to VeliyilSreeBhavaneeswari temple and Azhakiyakavu temple before winding up the day’s tour atErnakulamMahadeva temple by evening.

The Yatra has evoked  overwhelming response en route with devotees  thronging  to offer ‘biksha‘ (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.

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 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.

The Yatra will conclude on July 15.

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