A Treasure Trove of India’s Own Healthcare System

Thrissur: Thaikkattussery, a serene village near Ollur in Kerala’s Thrissur district, is one of the famous cradles of Ayurveda. It is from here the splendid tradition of Thaikkattu Mooss family and Vaidyaratnam – one of the leading names in Ayurveda – spread its roots.

Now, if one wants to learn the true history of the origin, growth and development of this traditional system in a 3D gallery, refer scripts and texts used by Ashtavaidyans and view videos of Kerala Ayurvedic treatments, there is Vaidyaratnam Museum (www.ayurvedamuseum.com). Situated near Vaidyaratnam Corporate Office at Thaikkattussery, the Museum is a treasure trove of Ayurveda. Established as a monument for the founder of Vaidyaratnam, E T Neelakandan Mooss, the Museum is a first-of-its-kind in the country and is fast turning into a big crowdpuller. Museum authorities said a large number of visitors, including foreign and domestic tourists, are thronging the facility. Several Ayurveda colleges, both in Kerala and outside, have made a visit to the Museum a part of their study programme.


Vaidyaratnam Museum at Thaikattussery is the sole destination in India where visitors can learn the true history of the origin, growth and development of Ayurveda

“This Museum is a small contribution of Vaidyaratnam to Ayurveda. Along with imparting wisdom about the ancient medical science, the facility aims to convey the message of ‘Health through Ayurveda’ to the new generation,” says Ashtavaidyan E T Parameswaran Mooss, Director of the Museum.

The Museum building itself is a 100-year-old architectural marvel, preserving the heritage of Kerala and where the Vaidyaratnam ‘Oushadhasala’ commenced operations in 1941. The Museum comprises a ‘Nalukettu’, ‘Saraswathi Mandapam’, ‘Smruthi Mandapam’ and a modern theatre on an elevated two-acre ground.

The varied and rich collection at the Museum, including the personal collection of artefacts and photos of E T Neelakandan Mooss, has been housed attractively in the Nalukettu. The main Museum has separate galleries of diorama presentations about the history of Ayurveda from mythological, Vedic, Samhitha, Sangraha and Medieval periods. The various branches of Ayurveda – Kayachikitsa (general medicine), Balachikitsa (paediatrics), Graha Chikitsa (psychiatry) and others – are displayed in exhaustive detail.

On the first floor, a 3D gallery displays the developments in the manufacture of Ayurvedic medicines and treatment techniques that evolved over the ages. Besides a collection of herbs used in Ayurvedic medicines with descriptions, a library with a huge collection of scripts and texts used by Ashtavaidyans and a multimedia touch screen digital library with large number of videos of Kerala Ayurvedic treatments and digital palm leaf manuscripts are arranged. The Natya Griham – an audio-visual theatre takes visitors on a journey through the history of Ayurveda. It can accommodate 40 persons at a time and is undoubtedly the show-stopper.

For details, contact: + 91 487 235 0230, +91 94953 54805.