(Published in June 2018 issue of Santwanam magazine.)
Vaidyaratnam Ayurveda Museum is a must -see place in the tourist map of Kerala, not only for practitioners and students of Ayurveda, but also for those who are interested to learn more about it.
It is an initiative of Vaidyaratnam Oushadhasala. It is situated at Thaikkattussery, near Ollur in Thrissur. It is easily accessible, being very close to National Highway in Thrissur-Kochi route.
There is an audio-visual theatre with presentation tracing the evolution of Ayurveda from Vedic times. Exhibits in this museum effectively complement this showing the Ayurvedic practices as they evolved over a period of time, ancient surgical practices and tools, specimen of hundreds of medicinal plants, and ancient literature, scriptures, manuscripts etc. These take us through bygone times. Then, connects back to modern days explaining how Ayurvedic medicines and manufactured and treatments are administered these days, leveraging technology of modern times. Apart from all this is a digital library providing wealth of information at finger tips
It also presents sculptures of Lord Dhanwatari, Adi Sankaracharya, Lord Buddha, Vagbhata etc
It is, indeed, a commendable effort in helping every one learn about Ayurveda