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8th NOV 2015 DEV DHANVANTRI (LORD VISHNU AVATAR) – CHURNIG OF MILK OCEAN WITH AMRUT (NECTAR/AMBROSIA)

Dhanvantri Puja & YagnaFor: Health, wealth and success through invocation of Lord Dhanvantri who is a celestial Healer.

Lord Dhanvantari the father of Ayurveda appeared on the day of Dhanteras carrying a pot of amrit (nectar) in his hand. He is the doctor of Gods of all the three worlds and is also known as the manifestation of Lord Vishnu.

He first appeared during the great churning of the cosmic milk ocean to deliver amrta (nectar) for the nourishment of the demigods. The churning of the milk ocean is one of the most famous episodes in Puranic history and is celebrated in major way every twelve years in the festival known as Kumbha Mela. The story is related in the Srimad Bhagavatam, a major work that describes the avataras in great detail. Here is what happened:

The great leader of the demigods Indra was riding on his elephant, when he came across Durvasa Muni. Seeing the great demigod, Durvasa offered him a special garland (mala). Indra accepted this garland and put it on the trunk of the elephant. The elephant threw the garland onto the floor, thus enraging Durvasa Muni. In a fit of anger, the sage explained that the garland was the dwelling of Sri (fortune) and was therefore to be treated as prasada. Therefore cursed Indra and all the demigods to be bereft of all strength, energy, and fortune (Sri).

In the ensuing battles, the demigods were defeated in battle and the demons headed by Bali gained control of the universe. The demigods sought out the help of Lord Vishnu, who instructed them in the art of diplomacy. The demigods then entered into an alliance with the demons to jointly churn the ocean for the nectar of immortality and to share it among them. Of course, the demigods were told by Vishnu that He would arrange for them alone to obtain the nectar, which would empower them to defeat the demons.

All kinds of herbs were cast into the milk ocean and using Mandara mountain as the churning rod and Vasuki as the cord, they proceeded to churn the ocean. This churning was so arduous that Lord Vishnu Himself interceded in so many ways to aid the demigods: He was present as Lord Ajita pulling on the side of the gods, as Lord Kurma who supported the great Mandara mountain which was in danger of sinking, and Lord Vishnu Himself sat atop the Mountain infusing the demigods and the serpent Vasuki with energy. Many great beings and objects were produced from the ocean and were accepted by various demigods as offerings. Laksmi-devi, the goddess of fortune, appeared from the ocean and Vishnu and Her were reunited as husband and wife after having been separated for many ages.

Then as they continued churning, a very wonderful male person appeared. The Bhagavatam tells us, “He was strongly built; His arms were very long, stout and strong; His eyes were reddish, and His complexion was black. He was very young, He was garlanded with flowers, and His entire body was fully decorated with various ornaments.”

Lord Dhanvantari was “dressed in yellow garments and wore brightly polished earrings made of pearl. The tips of His hair were anointed with oil and His chest was very broad. His body had all good features, and He was stout and strong as a lion. In His hand, He carried a jug of nectar.”

The demons stole the jug of nectar and Lord Vishnu appeared as Mohini, a beautiful woman, who fascinated the demons and recovered the nectar from them. The demigods took the nectar and drank it and were invigorated with energy. Thereafter, the demigods fought the demons and were victorious. They greatly rejoiced and worshipped Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi, the goddess of fortune, and resumed their position in the heavens.

Dhanvantri puja helps:
• To manifest desires esp. related to wealth, fortune and success.
• To gain blessings of Lord Vishnu (who is Laxmipati consort of Goddess Laxmi)
• To achieve strength, energy and longevity.

Puja service includes: Kalash Sthapana, Panchang Sthapana(Gauri Ganesh, Punyavachan, Shodash Matrika, Navgraha, Sarvotabhadra), 64 yogini Pujan, Shetrapal Pujan, Swasti Vachan, Sankalpa, Ganesh Pujan and Abhishek, Navgraha Pujan and 108 chants of each planetary mantra, Invocation of major Gods and Goddesses in Kalash, Pujan & Abhishek of Dhanvantri Idol and Yantra, Dhanvantri raksha kavach and strotra recitation, Dhanvantri mantra Japa 11000 times and Yagna.

Mantra: “Om Namo Bhagavate
Maha Sudharshana
Vasudevaaya Dhanvantaraye;
Amrutha Kalasa Hasthaaya
Sarva Bhaya Vinaasaaya
Sarva Roka Nivaaranaaya
Thri Lokya Pathaye
Thri Lokya Nithaye
Sri Maha Vishnu Swarupa
Sri Dhanvantri Swarupa
Sri Sri Sri
Aoushata Chakra Narayana Swaha”

Number of Priests: 4
Duration: 1 day

A short Video of the Sankalpa and mantra chanting would be sent to you along with the photographs of the Puja ritual. Puja Tokri having prasad, energised Rudraksha, silver tabeez and yantra would be sent along.

Rudra Centre priests will perform Puja as per vedic rituals based on birth details. Please mention your birth details (name, date, place, time), & Sankalp (your wish) at checkout. This is a individual Puja(you may do puja on individual name or include your near and dear ones in the puja). You will be provided with the contact no. of the priest, to call during the Sankalpa/Puja.

Why Pujas from Rudraksha Ratna?Dhanvantri

Who is Dhanvantri?:

Dhanvantri is the ‘vaidya’ or Physician or Doctor of the Gods in the Hindu religion. He has the knowledge and the cure of every ailment and disease.

He emerged from the ocean, just like Goddess Lakshmi at the time of ‘Samudra manthan’ or churning of the deep ocean. As the Gods and Demons churned the milky ocean in order to procure ‘amrit’ or elixir or ambrosia, many valuable ‘ratna’ or jewels were thrown out from the water. GodDhanvantri emerged before Goddess Lakshmi.

The Gods and the demons were getting restless. Everyone wanted to sip the nectar that would grant them immortality. Finally, when the elixir emerged from the ocean, it was Dhanvantri who carried it, in his arms, in a small pot. This image of Dhanvantri is the symbol of health, vitality and immortality.

Lakshmi and Dhanvantri:

Since Dhanwantri emerged from the churning of the milky ocean or kshirsagar (‘Kshir’ means milky pudding ‘sagar’ means ocean) just like Lakshmi, they are related in birth as brother and sister. This binding or association of the two signifies the importance of health and fitness as a great fortune.

Lakshmi symbolizes wealth and Dhanvantri symbolizes health. One must therefore, understand how great a wealth one’s health is. if one is not healthy, one can have all the riches, beauty, knowledge in the world but still not enjoy anything. Fortune and prosperity come in many forms and health is definitely one of them.

Once the realization of health as wealth dawns, one must do the utmost to constantly endeavor to improve and maintain one’s physical and mental well being.

Dhanwantri’s emergence from the ocean with the pot of ‘amrit’ or elixir symbolically signifies that health is truly the elixir of life. It helps us enjoy our days to the fullest in an active and energetic state. One can live a productive, vibrant and full life.

Secrets of longevity:

All Hindu scriptures, whether explicitly or implicitly, give us knowledge and tips on how we can attain health and longevity.

At its basic, one must follow the law of nature and one must make this a habit.

sleeping early, rising early or during (‘Brahm Muhurta’ or before dawn breaks, usually between 3 to 6am), and not sleeping during the day are common knowledge.

1. Fasts:

Fasting or ‘vrat’ is a time tested way to reduce calories, reduce sodium and give the digestive system a chance to rest and clean up. In fact, now it has been researched that the only way to increase longevity and reduce symptoms of common diseases is through calorie restriction. Fasts are therefore, extremely powerful in this category.

Just pick a day in the week and make a ‘sankalp’ or promise to do the fast. Do not eat any thing for 24 hours or just drink liquids like tea, coffee, juices or eat fruits and milk and you will do fine. Some people fast the whole day and eat a regular meal at night. Do what suits you best for a start.

Fasts are made enjoyable by reading scriptures on that day, having friends and family fast along with them, watch movies etc. It does not have to be austere. This is why, Indian fasts are mostly associated with festivals. The days are full of celebrations, one fasts, and then one feasts at the end.

2. Exercise:

Exercise or ‘Vyayam’ is another secret for a fit, youthful, and long healthy life. One’s longevity is increased and one remains flexible and strong.

Earlier, house hold chores provided many physical activities to family members. But times have changed and so must we. Today, we have vacuum cleaners, washing machines etc. So Try to join a gym class, yoga class, dance class etc. Remember, hard work is very tough to accomplish alone. A place of activity will give you the needed push when you will see others working up a sweat.

At home or for travel, just stick to the age old practice of ‘Surya Namskar’ exercise. The sun salutation is a complete exercise, it provides, strength, flexibility and cardio benefits all wrapped in one. Plus no equipment is needed. Start with one set of two Surya Namaskar and add as you build stamina.

Always start small and do the activity slowly. Remember, there will be plenty of time later to make it tough and challenging. Also, even small attempts done regularly will give you big benefits.

3. Forming Daily Habits:

‘Niyam’ or habit or daily practice is a vital factor that leads to a long strong life. One day of fasting and exercising will not do. After all not much benefit can be derived in just one attempt. You cannot store this gift. This has to be a regular, lifelong habit.

As an example, many Indian women do a fast every Monday to Lord Shiva for a happy married life and joyful family life. They do this every week for years, even throughout their entire life.

Progress must be made incrementally and one must practice till one is perfect. There is no need to attempt too much at once. Try one thing at a time, make it a habit. Then try something else.

We tend to be very – very self critical. Its a all or none policy. But one step at a time is the best way to go. We must be kind to ourselves and respect our limitations at any given moment.

4. Fun and Feasting:

Finally, Festivals or ‘tyohar or utsav’ is another way to add fun, color and exuberance to life. A healthy life needs a healthy dose of happiness, laughter and enjoyment at regular intervals also. A time to indulge your taste buds with culinary delights. Yes, strange as it may sound, a breakout from daily habits full of celebration and feasting also adds to longevity.

In other words — balance in everything is key to a long fit life. Too much austerity is as much undesirable as too much indulgence.

SRI DHANVANTRI HOMAM


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OHM NAMO BAGAVATHEY
VASUDEVAYA DHANVANTHREYE
AMRUTHA KALASA HASTHAYA
SARVA AAMAYA VINASANAYA
THRAI LOKYA NAATHAYA
SRI MAHA VISHNUVEY NAMAHA:

Lord Dhanvanthri is the Divine Physician who can cure any crucial diseases when anybody prays him with dedication.  He is an incarnation of Lord Maha Vishnu, having four hands holding medical herbs Shank, Chakra and a pot of rejuvenating mixture.

Dhanvanthri emerged while the cosmic ocean of milk was churned by Devas and Demons. Vedas and Puranas describes Lord Dhanvanthri as the physician of Devas.

During Saturn’s adverse transit periods ie 7 and half years Saturn’s period, Arthastoma, Astoma and Ganta Saturn’s periods ones health will be affected. So get relief from acute diseases and to attain long life with robust Health Dhanvanthri Homa is performed. This Homa is done to seek the divine intervention as a complement to Doctors prescription of Medicines.

This Homa is performed to invoke the blessings of Lord Dhanvanthri to make an end to all health issues. Lord Dhanvanthri will create positive vibration and protect everybody from any severe health hazards. Lord Dhanvanthri will give a disease free healthy life and relief from chronic illness and pains.

Dhanvanthri Homa, Aayush Homa and Mirthyunjaya Homa is  done put together will give greater relief from any un curable diseases.

Ekadasi Thithi, Budha, Guru Hora times are best periods to conduct this Homa.

Let unlock our ignorance. Make life more meaningful and Happy by performing Shri Dhanvanthri Homa

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Dhanvantri Yantra

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Why Dhanvantri Yantra?

Lord Dhanvantri is the Vedic Physician; he cures health ailments and protects the wellbeing of his children in this Universe. He encircles you with his positive vibrations which can unchain you from any kind of health disorders.Dhanvantri Yantra is a one stop solution to cure your health problems and to stay in the pink of your health!

Speciality of Dhanvantri Yantra

Lord Dhanvantri is the father of the medical science called Ayurveda; it is believed that the intricacy of Ayurveda has been passed down through generations from the Vedic scriptures. If health ailments are your impediments to achieve success, your prayers to Lord Dhanvantri will heal your health problems. His Yantra contains those radiations that can rejuvenate your body and soul.

The positive vibrations of the Yantra can liberate you from untreatable illnesses and bless you with happiness and peace. Let the energy waves of the Yantra keep you hale, hearty and healthy forever!

Mantra for Dhanvantri Yantra

  • Om Namo Bhagavathe Vasudevaya Dhanvantraye
  • Amritha Kalasa Hasthaaya Sarvaamaya Vinashanaaya
  • Thrilokhya Nathaya Vishnave Namaha

(The specified Mantra is to be recited for 108 times as a standard rule; however, changes if any will be mentioned at the time of buying.)

How to Use the Dhanvantri Yantra ?

Yantras are great cosmic conductors of energy, an antenna of Nature, a powerful tool for harmony, prosperity, success, good health, yoga and meditation! Yantras consist of a series of geometric patterns. The eyes and mind concentrate at the center of the yantra to achieve higher levels of consciousness. Yantras are usually made out of copper.

  • Place the Yantra facing the East or the North in a clean and sacred altar.
  • Do not let other people touch the Yantra.
  • Periodically wash the Yantra with rose water or milk. Then, rinse it with water and wipe it to dry. The Yantra’s color may change over a period of time; however this does not dilute the power of the Yantra.
  • Place rounded dots of sandalwood paste on the 4 corners and in the center of the Yantra.
  • Light a candle or ghee lamp and an incense stick in front of the Yantra. You can offer fresh or dry fruits as Prasad, as well.
  • Chant the Mantra above in front of the Yantra, preferably after showering.

Dhanvantri Yantra immunizes the lives of:

  • People who suffer from severe health ailments
  • People who yearn to lead a happy and peaceful life
  • People who yearn for a positive change to take place in their lives
  • People who seek more robust health

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Dhanvantari Ayurveda Academy exports quality, organically grown Navara Rice to many part of the world since long time. We keep all the measures to ensure the rice keeps highest standards in nutritional and medicinal values.

   Navara Rice “The Medicinal Rice of Kerala” 

Rice is a much revered oriental food and the most important tropical cereal. It is the staple food of abut half the human race and is often the main source of calories and the principal food of many millions of people. In addition to being the staple diet, rice has extensive curative properties and has always been considered a magical healer in the East. Rice has been cultivated in South East Asia since ancient times where it is one of the oldest of food crops. The date or places of its domestication are not known with certainty. It was grown in ancient India as far back in 3000 BC, when it appeared as a plant called ‘Newaree’. The general consensus of opinion is that rice was domesticated in India or Indochina and probably in Southern India. Enormous quantities or rice are now grown over 90 million hectares in Southern and Eastern Asia. 

In the array of land races and improved varieties of rice, Njavara variety has a special status, it being predominantly a medicinal rice. Njavara is a unique rice cultivar indigenous to Kerala, bestowed with extra short growth duration. It is a rice variety with widely proclaimed medicinal properties and mainly seen in Northern parts. Documents show that it has been under cultivation in Kerala for about 2500 years. The major uses of Njavara is in Ayurveda. Ayurveda the traditional medical system of India approaches the humanity with a comprehensive strategy to achieve complete health, living in harmony with the environment and nature.

Njavara, a special cereal, having equal importantance in food and curative purposes. It is having properties to rectify the basic ills affecting the circulatory respiratory as well as digestive system. Njavara is mainly used for the preparation of Njavara kizhi, which is an effective remedy for rheumatic complaints, neuro muscular disorders and body rejuvenation. It is traditionally given as a supplementary diet to the under-weight and also consumed as a replenishing drink called ‘Karkada kakanji’ during the monsoon season along with certain other herbal medicines.

The medicinal and nutritive properties of Njavara have recently received wide recognition and have been increasingly capitalized upon in the corporate sector. Herbal healers say Njavara is like gold having aroma, very precious grain for the society. It is literally like gold for rice farmers, especially from the traditional class-readily marketable at any season. It fetches higher market price due to the increasing demand in Ayurvedic system of medicine. Therefore the farmers conserved it with great sanctity and care though the grain yield is low.

Synonyms of Njavara in ayurveda

Shashtika, Shastihayana, Shashti Sali, Garbhapaki, Shashtija, asadvayodbhava, Snigdha tandula, Kakalakam, Shashtivasaraja

Taxonomical order
Kingdom – Plantae – Plants
Sub kingdom – Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Super division – Supermatophyta – Seed plants
Division – Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class – Liliopsida – Monocotyledons
Subclass – Commelinidae
Order – Cyperales
Family – Poaceae
Genus – Oryza L.
Species – Sativa
Botanical Name : Oryza sativa Linn.

Varieties

Based on glume (one of a pair of dry bracts at the base of and enclosing the spikelet of grasses) colour differences, two types of Njavara are recognized, the black and golden yellow glumed types. With in each ecotype there are two different forms – one with awn and other without awn. Thus in this variety there exists four morphologically distinguishable strains, but adapted to same kind of agro-ecological conditions.

Black glumed

The seed colour is red. This variety is hightly resistant to drought conditions. It matures in about 60-90 days and reaches about more than 1m height. This variety is generally resistant to disease. This is preferred in Northern districts of Kerala. The Biochemical parameters like total free amino acids is higher for the black glumed and has a special capacity to absorb manganese and translocate it to the grain.

Golden yellow glumed

Grains are golden yellow and the seed colour is red. Generally this variety is grown in the second cropping season. The plant will reach about 1m height. It is susceptible to drought. It requires 60-90 days to mature and on maturity the crop is susceptible to lodging and diseases. The Biochemical parameters like total soluble sugars was higher for the yellow glumed. The golden yellow glumed plant was superior in yield but did not have the manganese preference. This variety is characterized by good seed bearing, high threshability. This variety is popular in the southern districts of Kerala. This must be correspond to the white glumed Njavara mentioned in Ayurvedic literature.

Pharmacological properties of Shashtika

Rasa : Madhura, Kashaya,
Guna : Laghu, Snigdha, Mridu
Veerya : Seetha
Vipaka : Madhura
Doshakarma : Tridosha samana
Nutiritional qualities of Njavara grain

Nutritional quality Njavara – Range

Ptb 10

Soluble Carbohydrate 1.38-2.93% 1.52%
Protein 0.090-0.190 mg/g 0.188
Free aminoacid 0.090-0.190 mg/g 0.188 mg/g
Fat 0.19-0.43% 2.16%
Amylose 16.99-23.27% 24.27%
Starch grain Multifaced & Compound Multifaced & Compound
Starch grain size 4.79-5.62m 5.73m
Amylase activity 16.33 mg-46.67 mg 23.33 mg

Uses of Shashtika

As a regular food: Charakacharya, Susruthacharya and Vagbhatacharya advise to take Shashtika regularly. During the administration of some rasayana yogas and some special yogas after the digestion of medicine Shashtika is advised to take, along with milk or milk and ghee or with meat soup, as food. They are

Brahma rasayana, Amalaka rasayana, Hareethaki rasayana, Amalaka ghrita, Nagabala rasayana, Bhallataka rasayana, Pippali vardhamana rasayana prayoga8
Indrokta rasayana sevana, Simhanada guggulu, Satapaka bala taila , Svetavalguja yoga, A special apupa made from roots of sarapunkha and dhattura along with tandula in the treatment of alarka visha Apatyakara swarasa Vrishya ghrita Vrishya pippali yoga Lasuna prayoga In sotha chikitsa, after licking of navayasachoorna with honey, yava and sashtika should eat either with soup of dry raddish or milk mixed with musta Shashtika is indicated as Pathya ahara in the following diseases.

They are:-

Karsya (emaciation), Kaphaja Siroroga (Diseases of head and neck especially the Kapha origin), Raktapitta (Bleeding disorders), Vata rakta (Rheumatoid arthritis), Arsho roga (Hemorrhoids), Kasha roga (Skin Diseases), Prameha (Diabetes), Udara (Ascitis), Jwara (fever), Kasa (Cough), Swasa and Hidhama (Asthma and Hiccup)
Rajayakshma (Tubeculosis), Chardi (Vomiting), Madatyaya (Insanity), Mada and Moorchaya (Delirium and Fainting), Gulma (Tumors), Visarpa (Inflamatory skin lesions), Visha 9Intoxication), Sukradosha (Vitiation of semen), Atisara (Diarrhoea)
Dooshita Sthanya and for the production of milk (Vitiated breast milk), Slaishmika rogas (Any diseases with kapha vitiation), Grahani roga (sprue), Aruchi (Anorexia)
Daha roga (Thirst), Vata rogas (Vata diseases), Sleepada (Phileriasis), Visphota (Carbuncles), Masuri (Small pox), After Sodhana therapy (As a diest afer the bod purification treatment), For healthy eye For Garbhini (Pregnant women) especially in the 3rd month and also for Soothika (after delivery), As a supplementary feed to the child, In decrease of feces, Insomnia,

Local uses of Njavara

As a Health Food

Regular consumption of Paal Kanji prepared with Njavara rice for one time a day (Rice gruel made in cow’s milk added with sugar) ensures longevity. It is believed that this was the food of those holy leaders of ancient India. The rice is better in its quality when used in raw, but recommended to use boiled rice. It also said to be ideal for anemic patients to increases the blood generation.
Marunnu Kanji : Marunnu Kanji or Mukkudi Kanji is a Rice gruel made of Njavara along with few spices like fenugreek and medicinal herbs such as mukkutti (Biophytum sensitivum (Linn.) DC.), Kadaladi (Achyranthes aspera), karuka (Cynodon dactylon (Linn.) Pers.), vishnukranti (Evolvulus alsinoides Linn.), valli uzhinja (Cardiospermum halicacabum), nilappana (Curculigo orchioides) is considered as best dish to prevent various diseases during monsoon season. It is a traditional food item of Kerala, consumed in the month of Karkkidakam (July-August). This gruel is considered as health tonic and effective for removing general fatigue.

As a Baby safe food

This rice is said to be safe food and thus recommended to feed newborn babies in the form of a dish locally called – ‘angri’ made of Njavara flour and dried powder made out of a banana variety called ‘kunnan’ much before their first feeding ritual. It is also advised for the people of all ages as a food to increase the vitality and as a natural energizer.

Njavara rice is use as a weight gainer in the treatment of low weight babies. Njavara rice gruel prepared in meat soup is reported to increase the body weight of foetus and the general health of the expectant mother.

Local healers claim with confidence that for acute complaints of haemorrhoides (piles), Njavara rice is a remedy. It is suggested to consume the rice (raw but wetted in milk or water for about 12 hrs.) roasted along with small onion (a cup full onion for half cup rice) in cow’s ghee for 21 days in empty stomach. It is better, if the rice is cooked separately in clay pots and then roasted it with onion. Another method known in some parts of North Malabar is consumption of the cooked rice mixed the curry leaf, sour butter-milk and pepper.

In Urinary complaints

Njavara roots employed in the form of decoction is said to be useful in urinary complaints of children. In some parts of Thrissur, mothers follow this method. Roots are collected from live clumps from the field, wash it thoroughly and boil it in safe drinking water for about 2 hours. Allow it to cool and given in 1 glassful decoction 3-4 times a day sooths urinary problems.

As Aphrodisiac

Consumption of Njavara rice flakes, pounded with roots of Aswagandha and sugar increases vitality, vigour, body weight and acts as an aphrodisiac according to traditional healers. Roasted rice flour (one or two table-spoonful made from raw rice) in one glass of milk before go to bed gives the effect of an aphrodisiac. It is said that Njavara rice increases semen and fertility in male and recommended for childless couple.

As a Muscle builder

The most important feature of this rice is its property to stimulate muscle fibres of human body. Farmers and healers vouch that regular consumption of this rice increases body weight and recommended for youth and adolescents.

In skin diseases

Psoriasis can be effectively controlled by the lepam or application of Njavara rice paste. This rice paste is and excellent remedy to remove skin lesions. The potentioal use of this property in cosmetics industry is deplorable.

In Stomach ulcer

Local healers claim that regular consumption of dish made of Njavara rice flour along with that of banana for three months cures stomach ulcer completely. Eat regularly the Njavara bran mixed with jaggery (made out of toddy from Borassus flabellifer) to recover from peptic ulcer.

In Polio

The most interesting traditional knowledge documented was its use in fighting polio in children. Mothers of families in some part of Alappuzha prepare a special rub out of coconut and gingelly oil mixed together with pounded Njavara grain and herbals like Piper longum boiled in equal quantity of milk from cow and buffalo to combat polio in children. They claimed that regular application of this rub helps in building muscles in polio-affected organs.

In Snakebites

The healers of Parassinikkadavu Hospital for Snakebites in Kannur district of Kerala recommend Njavara rice for snake bitten patients. They said applying rice paste regularly in the pustules formed due to biting of Viper reduces pain. The pain is said to be very severe and the lesion normally do not cure easily by the modern medicine. They invariably recommend Njavara remedy to the ill-fated people. Njavara rice is a safe food for snake bitten patients.

Other minor uses

A number of other uses reported by people across the State. Some interesting ones are:Consuming Payasam – a seet dish made of this rice in jaggery and ghee increases mother’s milk. Application of warm rice paste for one or two times for a week cures burning sensation of foot. For swellings in foot, apply warm Njavara rice paste for one or two days for about 2 hrs. at a time. Regular cleansing of head with washed away water of Njavara rice 1 hour before bath is said to be useful to prevent premature hair fall. For severe cough, boil Njavara rice along with Moringa leaf, pound it and mix it with the flakes mae of Njavara and consume regularly for a week. Any kind of cough disappears according to Velu Vaidyar of Neelaswaram in Kasaragode. Consumption of “popped” Njavara rice, which had wet earlier in water or basil juice controls dysentery. For quick healing of small burns and cuts, apply the ash made from Njavara husk Folk knowledge

It is believed that the Njavara cultivated in upland areas are more active medicinally. Both black glumed and the golden yellow glumed is used in folk medicines. It is mainly used for curing Rheumatism. The rice with little sourness and sweetness is used for increasing immunity during the month of ‘Karkkidakam’. It is an energetic food for people of all age group. The rice is good if used without boiling.

Shashtika Pinda Sweda or Njavara kizhi

Shashtika Pinda Sweda also known as Njavara kizhi is a Kerala speciality of treatment based on the preparatory procedure (snehana and swedana) of Panchakarma therapy. We can find descriptions in classical works of Ayurveda, regarding pindasweda, a method of sankara sweda in which various items like wheat, black gram, gingelly seeds, horse gram etc are cooked and tied in cloth pieces as bolus bags for application over the body. Njavara kizhi is a modified form of pindasweda developed by renowned Ayurveda physicians of Kerala and extensively practiced now a days. In this treatment Njavara rice is cooked and used as per the special procedure not only as a purvakarma but also as a therapeutic measure for various degenerative conditions and rejuvenative (Rasayana therapy) purposes. The advantage of this therapy is that it produces snehana and swedana effect at the same time. The shashtikasali pindasweda is prescribed mainly in neuromuscular disorders like Hemiplegia, paraplegia, muscular dystrophy etc. It is to improve the muscle strength and to increase the bulk of muscles where there is wasting due to various reasons.

Contact Details

Dr. Lal Krishnan
Dhanvantari Ayurveda Academy
E-Mail : drlalkrishnan@gmail.com

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