The family of Thaikkattu Mooss, a legend in its own, is engaged in the practice of Ayurveda, the science of life, mastered by ancient Indian saints.
Our tradition dates back to the days of Lord Parasurama, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, believed to have recovered Kerala, the land renowned for the growth...
Come July-August and Kerala's elephants get a break from their endless temple duties.
Better still they get to wallow in special jumbo spas, have long massage sessions and eat vast amounts of therapeutic grub.
This is Karkidakam in Kerala, a monsoon month and the last one in the Malayalam calendar.
Traditionally, it is a period of detoxification and rejuvenation.
And if humans need a yearly break then why not the elephants who are an integral part of the state's life?
Hundreds of domesticated elephants in Kerala undergo the sukhachikitsa (rejuvenation) therapy this month, specially designed to help them unwind from the stress of having to relentlessly trudge the streets during festivals and poojas.They get to rest, eat well as well as take in some ayurvedic therapy."Sukhachikitsa is a time for the pachyderms to break free and relax and the concept applies both to humans and animals," says traditional Ayurveda physician and veterinary expert Avanapparambu Maheswaran Namboodiripad.He guides most of the sukhachikitsa camps conducted in the state, including the one at Punnathur Kotta at Guruvayur in Thrissur district.This stable is owned by Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple and it houses the largest stock of captive elephants in the world.According to Namboothiripad, during Karkidakam, the body's receptivity to medication peaks and therapies aimed at strengthening the body become more effective.