A New Beginning ~ The First Malayalam Month ~ Chingam 2010

River House for Rasa Ayurveda

River House for Rasa Ayurveda

Chinga Masam is the first month in the traditional  calendar, as followed in Kerala. The first day of Chingam marks the beginning of the New Year according to the Malayalam calendar.  The first day of the Malayalam year is welcomed with numerous temple visits by Malayalee “and visiting foreigners“ all over Kerala to offer gratitude for all the goodness in life, and to pray for the blessings of divine Grace in the coming year.

Jolene Struebbe a Women's Retreat participant visits the MahaVishnu temple near Rasa Ayurveda

Jolene Struebbe a Women's Retreat participant visits the MahaVishnu temple near Rasa Ayurveda

Onam the widely celebrated festival of Kerala is observed during Chingam. Games and merriment of all kinds flourish during Onam. One of the most popular activities is creating and displaying pookalam, the beautiful flower mandalas which are a traditional art form specific to Kerala.

Malayalee Community creating a beautiful pookalam to celebrate Onam

Malayalee Community creating a beautiful pookalam to celebrate Onam

The birthday of Sri Krishna is also celebrated during Chingam, this year on September 1st.

Onam gathering at Rasa Ayurveda, 2009

Onam gathering at Rasa Ayurveda, 2009

Again this year, our Rasa Ayurveda staff will gather for a special Onam celebration on August 21st. Then Rasa Ayurveda will close for a few days for this important holiday, bringing everyone together to kick off the new year with a spirit of “onichu” togetherness.

Top view of the yoga roof at the River House for Rasa Ayurveda

Top view of the yoga roof at the River House for Rasa Ayurveda

Since we let news spread of our special circumstances, many have booked treatment in advance for themselves and/or family and friends to support our commitment to serving women and preserving traditional South Indian medicine. Donations small and large have been coming in too! We are nearing our goal, but we still need close to $30,000, and soon.

Please consider taking advantage of one of the one-time-only special offers that will bring benefit to you and family or friends, while helping us complete purchase of the River House for Rasa Ayurveda. All funds that come in before August 27th will make the difference!

When Rasa Ayurveda reopens after Onam in ten days time, we hope it will be into a new season of stability and expanded sense of home in our beloved Trivandrum neighborhood. Wouldn’t that be something to be grateful for, and to celebrate!?!

Young girls on the edge of the Karamana River, behind River House

Young girls on the edge of the Karamana River, behind River House

In the meantime, we wish you a Happy Malayalam New Year and hope to see you at Rasa Ayurveda, soon.

With warmest regards~

Niika Quistgard, CAS
Managing Director, Rasa Ayurveda Traditional Healing Centre for Women
MayaShakti Ayurveda Pvt. Ltd.
Trivandrum, Kerala

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