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Aryavaidyan K.S.Varier



Our Founder 
       Late Kattukulath Soolapani Varier, our Founder, was born in 1907 in a family of very humble background in a remote village named Kattukulam in Palakkad District, Kerala.  He had a lineage to Ayurveda in that his uncles were well known in their profession as palace physicians at Kodungallore. 
 He completed his systematic education in Sanskrit and then pursued his academic quest in Ayurveda.  Ayurveda is the Science of Life, perpetuating healthy living and natural medicines for the sick.  He joined the Patasala at Kottakkal, Kerala, under the Doyen of Ayurveda, Vaidyaratnam P.S.Varier.  Sri P.S.Varier had started an Institution by name ARYA VAIDYA SALA in 1902 in Kottakkal, a small village in North Kerala.  He had started a Paatashala also to give education to the seekers of Ayurveda.  After a rigorous study under his Mentor, and with his blessings, K.S.Varier completed his course in 1933, and decided to settle in Tiruchirapalli (Trichy).  He came to Trichy in 1936.  Trichy is an important town, (Also referred to as a temple city) located in the central part of Tamilnadu, India. 
 Aryavaidyan K.S.Varier had a very humble beginning and on 18th October 1936, started ASHTANGA AYURVEDA SALA as a small house-hold unit.  He started manufacturing medicines for his own practice, in his home.  Being highly self-disciplined, his preparations underwent strict quality checks.  He married Sreedevi Varasyar, his aunt’s daughter and she became his strength all his life.  She helped him in his manufacturing activities and supported him. His factory grew slowly from his kitchen to a small unit with 8 workers and large gunmetal vessels to prepare his medicines.  He started manufacturing and storing the medicines meticulously as prescribed in the various Ayurvedic texts.  He also developed his own special preparations, borne out of his valuable experience, in treating a large number of patients.  
 He was also known to treat animals.  During the 70s the temple elephant of the Rockfort Temple, Trichy was diagnosed as having cancer and the veterinarians expressed their inability to treat the mammoth.  The mahout was very unhappy and sought Aryavaidyan K.S.Varier for help as a last resort.  K.S.Varier assessed the situation and prescribed certain medicines.  All these medicines were then administered by him directly through food.  He used to feed the mammoth daily for six months along with the medicines.  To the surprise of all, the elephant lived a comfortable life for over 2 and half years and died thereafter due to some other problem. 
 He had a very strong commitment for service.  So he never ever collected FEES in his career spanning 52 years of curing.  He never had the desire to accumulate wealth and invested all that he earned in educating and serving his near and dear and those associated with him. 
 A  persona  of  humility  and  an  epitome  of  venerability,  Aryavaidyan K.S.Varier passed  away,  at  84,  on  March  10th, 1990.  He left behind, his strong sense of SERVICE and the discipline he nurtured, for his sons to carry forward.  The small unit started in a very humble way now has steam processing units in the factory along with other modern facilities.  Today, ASHTANGA, the dream of Aryavaidyan K.S.Varier, is a reality and serves more and more people, continuing its humble cause. 

The Legacy

 The legacy of Ashtanga’s Ayurvedic Heritage dates back to the 1820s as far as has been traced.  The oldest known member was a Palace Physician to the Rulers of Kodungallore Kovilakam (a small Kingdom near Trichur in Kerala, India).  His name was Vaidyan Easwara Varier.  He was an expert in Sanskrit, Astrology and Ayurveda.  An unquestioned authority, he was very powerful and had a big say with the Rulers.  His was considered the last word whenever anybody fell sick.  He would diagnose illnesses by just observing the patient.  He passed away in the late 1920s when he had crossed the age of 90.  He was the grand uncle of our Founder, Aryavaidyan K.S.Varier.  During his last days, to continue the legacy, he educated his nephew, Sri Krishna Varier, who later became the Palace Physician.  He died at the age of 97 in 1983.  Krishna Varier was again an unquestioned authority with the Palace inmates and the Public of Kodungallore.  He had learnt Ayurveda, Astrology and Sanskrit from the very eminent Vaidyan Easwara Varier himself.  He formulated many different medicines out of the vast experience gained. 
 Vaidyan Krishna Varier was the eldest brother of our Founder.  Another brother Vaidyan Achutha Varier was also a Physician who studied Sanskrit, Astrology and Ayurveda.  He also learnt Tharka and Vyakarana or Logic.  He was more academic and also joined his brother Vaidyan Krishna Varier in Kodungallore.  Towards the end of the tenure of Krishna Varier as Palace Physician, the Rulers decided to abolish the post of Place Physician.  So Vaidyan Achutha Varier could not inherit the honour.  He later turned to Sanskrit Literature.  He has written some unique works in Sanskrit. 
 The third brother was Aryavaidyan K.S.Varier, our Founder.  He was primarily educated in Sanskrit, Tharka, and Vyakarana.  He also had the opportunity to learn from both the elder brothers. He later joined the Patashala at Kottakkal under the Doyen of Ayurveda - Vaidyaratnam P.S.Varier of Arya Vaidya Sala, Kottakkal, Kerala, India.  He completed his four and a half year course in 1933 and came to Trichy in 1936 to establish ASHTANGA AYURVEDA SALA.  During the intermediate three years, he learnt Astrology too.  His younger brother, Aryavaidyan K.Rama Varier was also a Physician.