Kannur, July 7:OushadhaBikshaYatra, which has received tremendous response from people across the state since it began on June 27 from Koothattukulam, will reach the northern district Kannur by Sunday evening.
The first stop-over of the road show in the district will beSreeMridangasaileswary temple, near Muzhakkunnu, where it is scheduled to reach at 5 pm and then move on toMattannurSreeMahadeva temple and MamanikkunnuSreeMahadevi temple, Irikkur.
OushadhaBikshaYatra is the first of its kindoutreach organised by NelliakkattuSreedhareeyamOushadheswari temple of Koothattukulam to tour 114 temples across the state to collect medicines and herbs as alms.
So far, it has covered the central and southern districts of Kerala, drawing big crowds in all the temples it touched.
Before journeying to Kannur, the campaign will touch major temples in Kozhikode district includingThaliMahashiva Temple, ThaliSreeMahaganapthiBalasubrahmanya temple, Sreekanteswaram temple, SreePisharikavu temple and Lokanarkavu.
In all places, devoteeslined up well in advance of the arrival of the chariot, a specially designed vehicle carrying the idol of Goddess of Wellness Oushadheswari, with 'Thriphala' and ghee to be offered as 'biksha' (alms) and offering prayers for a healthy society.
On Monday, the Yatra will travel further north touching Sree Raja Rajeswara temple, KapalikulangaraMaha Vishnu temple, TrichambaramSree Krishna temple, SreeSubramanya Swami temple andKandothidamSreeSomeswari temple.
For centuries, Kerala has been following a tradition of taking specially prepared medicines and following a strict regimen of simple diet and oil bath in the month of Karkitakam (broadly July-August ), to re-energise body and the mind.
Medicines, herbs and other ingredients collected during the campaign from around the state would go into the making of the special ‘Karkitaka” medicine package, which will be distributed among the people.
‘OushadhaSeva’ starts once the Yatra returns to KoothatukulamOushadheswari temple.
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