“Guror anugraheneva pumaan poorna prashanthaye”
Only with the Guru’s blessings will life become meaningful and complete.
I am Dr Aparna—an Ayurvedic doctor and member of the Poomully Mana family, located in the district of Palakkad in Kerala, India. The story of how Aparna became Dr Aparna is very special to me…something I hold very close to my heart.
My Guru, Sri VMC Sankaran Namboodiri (popularly known as 'Valloor') is perhaps one of the most proficient Ayurvedic practitioners today. He has an uncanny and most unique way of imparting knowledge. And it is all thanks to him that I am today blessed to be known as Dr Aparna.
Sri Valloor and Late Sri Poomully Aramthampuran(my grandfather-in-law) are an important part of the illustrious Koodalloor gurukula system, considered one of the most ancient educational systems in India. They were the main disciples of the Late Sri Cherukulappurath Krishnan Namboodiri.
My affinity, and strong link to Ayurveda, is a direct result of a decade of study under the guidance of Sri Valloor. Despite being a strong spokesman for the gurukula system, my Guru always had the fore-thinking of a visionary. He was aware of the importance and benefits college education has to offer. He convinced me that attaining a medical degree from a University was absolutely necessary to practice Ayurveda as a profession in today's world. That is how I joined the Sri Sri College of Ayurvedic Science & Research at Bangalore.