Dr PK Warrier, dean of Ayurvedic medicine, died at age 100
Ayurveda Dean and Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala (KAS) Managing Director Dr PK Warrier died here on Saturday, family sources said.
He was 100 years old.
KAS sources said Dr Warrier breathed his last around noon.
During his life spanning a century, he treated tens of thousands of patients around the world and his patients included former presidents and prime ministers of India and abroad.
Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan, Chief Minister Pinararyi Vijayan and Legislative Assembly Speaker MB Rajesh regretted the death of the “Patriarch” of Ayurvedic Medicine.
The governor said: “As a physician, he engaged in the scientific pursuit of Ayurveda. He will be remembered for his incomparable contribution to the modernization of Ayurveda. As a humanist, he envisioned a life of good health and dignity for all in society. .
“The passing of Dr Warrier is a great loss for the medical sciences. My sincere condolences to his family and to the Arya Vaidya Sala brotherhood. May his soul reach Mukti,” he added.
Vijayan, in his post, said that Warrier helped bring Ayurveda to worldwide fame and that it was through his efforts that this area of medicine gained international acceptance today.
Warrier went out of his way to ensure that money was not a barrier to treatment and from heads of state to the poor he was approached by all for treatment.
“He was the Patriarch of Ayurveda in Kerala,” the chief minister said.
Assembly Speaker MB Rajesh expressed his condolences on Warrier’s death, said he had greatly contributed to Ayurvedic treatment in Kerala and helped to make Ayurveda a therapeutic discipline and give it a strong place in modern education.
Health Minister Veena George, in her message, said: “We have lost the Patriarch of Ayurveda”.
Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala also expressed his condolences on Warrier’s death and said his name will always be remembered as the physician who brought the greatness of Ayurveda to the world.
BJP State President K Surendran also offered his condolences on Warrier’s death.
“PK Warrier was a person who made his mark in the healthcare industry,” he said.
The country had honored him with Padmasree in 1999 and Padma Bhushan in 2010.
A prominent physician and visionary who popularized the classic and authentic Ayurvedic treatment across the world, the centenary celebrations of Dr. Warrier’s birth took place on June 8.
The famous Arya Vaidya Sala in Kottakkal near here and the Ayurvedic medical school flourished and became synonymous with Ayurveda after Dr Warrier took over the institution decades ago.
Born to Sreedharan Namboodiri and Panniyampilly Kunhi Warrisyar on June 5, 1921, Panniyampilly Krishnankutty Warrier (PK Warrier) was educated in Kottakkal and joined KAS at the age of 20.
However, he was drawn to the freedom struggle during the Quit India movement and abandoned Ayurvedic studies under the tutelage of his uncle and founder of KAS Vaidyaratnam PS Warrier.
However, Dr Warrier resumed his studies after realizing that active politics was not his cup of tea.
Shortly after the end of his studies, he joined KAS as a trustee at the age of 24.
Warrier had led the 119-year-old charitable trust that had run KAS for more than six decades and had made it an Ayurvedic institution of international renown and under one umbrella.
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