The Aryavaidyasala, Kottakkal is the India’s largest generic ayurvedic drug manufacturing company. It was founded in 1902 by Late Vaidyaratnam P S Varier in a small village Kottakkal in Kerala. Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala (AVS) is a century old Charitable Institution engaged in the practice and propagation of Ayurveda, the ancient health care system of India. AVS offers classical Ayurvedic medicines and authentic Ayurvedic treatments and therapies to patients from all over India and abroad.
AVS was established at Kottakkal in Kerala State of India in 1902 by the visionary physician and philanthropist, the late Vaidyaratnam P.S. Varier. Started essentially as a village clinic, it has now grown into a multi-unit, multi-disciplinary and multi-crore organisation. It has operations in different areas of Ayurvedic practice.AVS manages Ayurvedic Hospitals at Kottakkal, Delhi and Kochi. All classical Ayurvedic medicines, therapies and expert medical advice are available there. AVS has two modern medicine manufacturing units, has well equipped quality control labs, has fullfledged research activities, publishes Ayurvedic periodicals and books, cultivates medicinal plants and conducts educational programmes. AVS also runs a Kathakali academy where the classical theatre of Kathakali is taught and performed.
Sri P. S. Varier, scion of an illustrious family of Kottakkal in the Malabar region of Kerala, was an extraordinary man. He was a multi-faceted personality: a renowned Ayurvedic scholar and academician, an able practitioner; a successful entrepreneur, and a genuine philanthropist… all at the same time!Sri Varier studied Ayurveda under the classical Gurukula system. He also acquired proficiency in the practice of Allopathy.
In late 1902, Sri Varier founded the Arya Vaidya Sala, Kottakkal, for the preparation of authentic Ayurvedic medicines.
The rest is history. Today, Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala is a name synonymous with Ayurveda. A name that offers a new lease of life to the suffering humanity. In 1933, in recognition of his valuable services to humanity, Sri P. S. Varier was conferred the distinguished title of ‘Vaidyaratna’ by His Excellency the Viceroy and Governor General of India. In 1933, in recognition of his valuable services to humanity, Sri P. S. Varier was conferred the distinguished title of ‘Vaidyaratna’ by His Excellency the Viceroy and Governor General of India. In 1933, in recognition of his valuable services to humanity, Sri P. S. Varier was conferred the distinguished title of ‘Vaidyaratna’ by His Excellency the Viceroy and Governor General of India.
Sri Varier expired in 1944. He had executed a Will prior to his demise, which converted his proprietary concern into a Charitable Trust of public nature, to be run by a Trust Board consisting of seven members who are related to his family and the Institution.
As per the provisions of its founder’s Will, Arya Vaidya Sala functions as a Charitable Trust.
The major share of the earnings from its activities is exclusively spent on charitable causes, in the form of medical aid, on both OP and IP basis, to deserving persons. This included both Ayurveda and Allopathy. Financial support is also provided for managing an affiliated Ayurveda college; for conducting research; for holding seminars and training programmes, for publishing books and periodicals; for cultivation of herbal gardens; and for running a classical theatre academy. The remaining funds are pooled back for the development of the institution. No financial gain accrues to any individual or family.