Keraleeya Ayurveda Samajam has already established an Academic Research & Information Center (ARIC). Over 100 works on classical Ayurveda & related subject areas are digitalized and preserved for the use of future generations. And, the work is going on. The information thus augmented will be made universally accessible through different international languages. A research work....More
Samajam was the first to set up a Padanalayam, a college to the public for studies in Ayurveda with a mind to create genuine physicians. In this regard it gave stipend to the students and trained them under the most efficient hands in this field present during those days. The duration of the course was for three years and a degree 'Vaidya' was conferred at the end of its successful completion... More
The Keraleeya Ayurveda Samajam, established over a century back, still stands for the genuine traditional approach with special emphasis to the Keraleeya systems of Ayurvedic treatments. A charitable trust registered under the Charitable Societies Act XX1 OF 1860, it runs on no profit no loss basis. It has been accredited as one of the best place for Ayurveda Treatments as well as for learning the Indian systems of medicine. Ayurveda the science of life, a holistic approach towards well being of human beings, carried down ages as traditions, as Sanctum sanctorum of this life science, are strictly followed as per the paths laid down by the past masters while rejuvenating the soul and body of the subjects
The then Zamorin of Calicut Manavikrama Ettan Raja had a celestial vision in the general health of his subjects. He wanted the knowledge and wisdom in Ayurveda acquainted by the vaidyas, through ages of observation and learning to be made available to the common man when it was available only to the rich.
The British Government was much skeptic about Ayurveda and other Indian systems of medicine and they were reluctant to recognize its efficacy and purity. No measures were taken by the Government to promote indigenous medical systems.
A revolutionary decision was taken by the Zamorin of Calicut Manavikrama Ettan Raja in the year 1902 to establish Samajam at Chalappuram in Kozhikode which was named as "Arya Vaidya Samajam". A padasala for teaching Ayurveda and a pharmacy for the preparation of medicines were also started along with Samajam. The first annual meeting witnessed the presence of Mana Vikrama Ettan Raja, Rama Varma Appan Thampuran and the 6th prince, Kunjunni Thampuran of the Kochi State. The assemblage also included the presence of stalwarts like Kochunni Thampuran, Kavalappara Mooppil Nair, Chirackal Ramavarma Ilaya Raja, KC Veerarayan Raja, Kollankottu Raja, Vasudeva Raja, Kuroor Damodaran Naboodirippad, Thriprangottu Parameswaran Mooss, Rao Bhadhur MC Krishna Varma Raja, Vengayil Kunjiraman Nair and Vaidyaratnam P.S.Varier.
The two princely states in Kerala, the Kochi and the Malabar were always at enmity and their bone of contention was the loss of the 'Perumpadappu Swaroopam' of Kochi to the Zamorins of Malabar. They never met in the peace but in war. 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 that was the beginning of Keraleeya Ayurveda Samajam.
In 1913 a general body meeting in Samajam was held in the Palakkad Native School and it was decided to register it under the Charitable Society Act. The Arya Vaidya Samajam was renamed as Keraleeya Ayurveda Samajam and decided to shift the location from Chalapuram to Cheruthuruthy, the central destination between the two princely states of Kochi & Malabar. The first ever Ayurvedic Hospital for the general public in India thus came into existence at Cheruthuruthy on the southern banks of River Bharathapuzha. The Inauguration of the Hospital was done under the presence of Madras Governor, Sir Arthur Lowely. The first ever administrative body of the Samajam was thus formed with Appan Thampuran as its first President. In 1940, owing to some differences with the Diwan Shanmughan Chetti, the Samajam was shifted to the northern banks of the river Bharathapuzha in Shoranur. There it flourished under the leadership of Sri. KR Padmanabha Iyer, Secretary who teamed up with the dynamic Rao Bahador, AV Govinda Menon, to give the Samajam the name and fame it enjoys now. From the earliest period of Samajam at Shoranur, Sri Subramania Iyer (Son in law of KR Padmanabha Iyer) was Secretary of Samajam governing body for a long term.