Kannur, July 09:Devotees turned out in large numbers at KandothidamSomeswari temple, Payyannur as the OushadhaBikshaYatra of SreedhareeyamOushadhewari temple reached the shrine tocollect basic ingredients for making the special Ayurvedic preparation, to be served in the month of Karkitakam of Malayalam calendar.
The Yatra also visited temples in Thaliparambu which includesSree Raja Rajeswara temple,KapalikulangaraMaha Vishnu temple, TrichambaramSree Krishna temple andSreeSubramanya Swami temple, Payyannur in Kannur district during the day.
Devotees greeted the Yatra and offered 'thriphala' and ghee, as befits the tradition, and prayed for the universal wellbeing, in tune with the holistic outlook and ethos of the ancient Indian wellness system.
ShriHariNamboothiri, Trustee, SreedhareeyamOushadheswari temple, said theYatra has not only helped spread the message of Ayurveda and its benefits but also shed light on different rituals and traditions practised in various temples of the state.
“The knowledge and experiences accruing from this unique venture should be utilized for the wellbeing of the society and that’s our prime focus,” he added.
The Yatra , taken out in a specially designed vehicle fashioned as a chariot with the idol of Goddess of Wellness Oushadheswari installed in it, had set out on June 27 fromSreedhareeyamOushadheswari temple at Koothattukulam.
The road show's itineraryincludes 114 temples in the length and breadth of the state. It had already visited scores of temples before reaching north Kerala last week.
After receiving alms ( Thriphala and Ghee) from MadhurSreeMadanantheswaraVinayaka temple, Kasaragod, the Yatra will commence its return journey, visiting many more temples en route that includes KadalayiSree Krishna Swami temple, Chirakkal, KalarivathukkalBhagavahi temple and ParasinikkadavuMuthappan temple in the Kannur district.
It has been an age-old tradition in Kerala to take specially prepared medicines and follow a strict regimen of simple diets and oil bath in the month of Karkitakam (broadly July-August ), to re-energise body and 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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