Inception of Siddha Vaidya

Significance of Siddha Vaidya
The birth of the language Tamil and the origin of Siddha medicine were mainly attributed to the Sage Agastya. Before the invasion of Aryans into Sind and Gangetic plain, Southern part of India existed on the banks of river Kaveri and Tamraparni. According to historians, the Deccan plateau was the center of Oriental civilization. The early rulers of this society started to build the basic structure of mythology. The system of alternative medicine owes its beginning to Dravidian culture of Pre Vedic period.

The Siddha system of medicine is one of the ancient systems parallel with some other country system like Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Chinese and Grecian medicines. The unique nature of this system is its continuous service to humanity for more than five thousand years in preventing, treating the various ailments and in maintaining physical, mental and moral health.

It was believed that miracles and the knowledge gained by ancient physicians, alchemists and Tantric Yogis gave rise to the beginning of Alchemy, immortal healing, Healing Gods and Deities and Spiritual power. There are two ancient systems of medicine in India, the Siddha Vaidya which flourished in the Southern part and the Ayurveda prevalent in the Northern part. Instead of giving the name of any one individual as the founder of either system, their origin was attributed to the Creator. According to tradition, it was Lord Shiva, who unfolded the knowledge of Siddha system of medicine to his consort Parvati, who handed it over to their son Lord Subramanya who in turn taught to Siddhars. Hence it is a tradition of Shiva.

Ancient mysticism termed as Mythology today, was already well developed in those earliest times. Some of the Gods and Goddess of Indian mythology in the earlier times are referred to as medicinal deities due to remarkable achievements in the treatment of certain ailments. Epidemics exposed entire nations to the threat of destruction.

Tamil Nadu, the home of the Siddhars, was a vast continent several million years ago. The present Tamil Nadu is only a tiny corner of the extensive continent which once covered the large expanse of the Indian Ocean and beyond. The fragmentation and submersion of that vast landmass, though a fact of millions of years old, still lingers in the racial memory of Tamilians and finds expression in many Tamil classics and commentaries.

Evidences from the past
Various kingdoms ruling the country depended on the ability to stop the ravage of disease. Archeological survey reveals some of the evidences recorded in original works of the Siddhas explain how the highly systematized Siddha system helped the people at some extremely difficult period of time. Some of the incidents were considered as miracles.

The Siddhas came to be worshipped as deities with divine honors and were considered as forbearing ‘benefactors’ who had a special and direct contact with the divine and gained supernatural powers which in turn was used for the benefit of mankind. The recorded history of the Tamils is thousands of years old. Apart from the literature of the first, the middle and the last Sangham periods which bear ample testimony to the extent of Tamil civilization and its eminence, mention is made even in contemporary Sanskrit literature about Cholas, Pandiyas and Chelas and their kingdoms.

The evidence showed that the Pallava king gifted a village to one of the Siddha physicians. There are inscriptions in an ancient temple of South India (Chidambaram) that gives information about the grants given various Siddha physicians, nurses and the people involved with the system.

King Shahaji of Maratha dynasty (16 – 17 A.D) published books regarding several alternative medicines including Siddha medicine. All the evidences were thoroughly investigated by Dr. Konnan committee.

Manuscripts were the foremost treasures of the ancient Siddha. The valuable yogic insights that emerged from the mystery of the life-giving and life-taking rhythm of nature have been recorded in these manuscripts and were known to give endless possibilities for healing human problems. They have even described the identifying features and the locations of certain healing herbs meant for increasing longevity and some that can even bring a dying person back to life. Some of the treasured treatises on medicine are in the form poems on palm leaf manuscripts which are now preserved in the Saraswati Mahal Library, Tanjavur in Tamil Nadu of South India.

Spirituality & Religion in Siddha Vaidya
Siddha Vaidya is no way a religion though not separated entirely from the basic essence of religion to bind ourselves back to the Supreme Power.

Good health requires some discipline. Good health assists clarity and efforts that accompanies any religious person in his or her pursuits and service.

Though Siddha Vaidya has originated in India, which is predominantly a Hindu religion, it is not specifically or formally linked to Hinduism, any person whatsoever her or his religion or non-aligned with any religion, can benefit equally and greatly from this ancient tradition of natural and complete healing. Spirituality is part of Siddha Vaidya, not in the extreme sense, meaning that sound health is part and parcel of a sound spirit in every person.

Siddha Vaidya speaks to the soundness of spirit and the exercises the impulses of inner heart through the medium of health.

Author: vijayalakshmi kuchimanchi

I am a retiree worked in the field of Life sciences, greatly interested in promoting alternative medicine, more in Herbs and a student trying to learn Hindu Philosophy for the past several years. In addition to these I want to be a learner of every modern technological inventions , at the same time promote the greatness of Hindu Culture.

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