Sreepathy C.V.N. Kalari started at Cheruvandoor near Ettumanoor in 1970 when kalarippayattu was not very popular in central Travancore. From a humble beginning it has grown to success and fame over the years.
It was no les significant the travails faced by the family which themselves devoted for the service and propagation of kalaripayat and kalari medicine.
The singular initiative taken by Sreepathy CVN Kalari to stage public performance of kalarippayat and to conduct kalari treatment camps and seminars brought it public reputation. Many renowned persons including former Tourism Minister Ananthkumar, cricket player Anil Kumble and music director Anu Malik have come over here and received treatment. Trans World Sports documentary on kalaripayat and kalari medicinal system was made on Sreepathy CVN Kalari’s performance and practice. B.B.C and researchers from U.S.A., Germany and France come here to study about this ancient martial art form. Elaborate and sophisticated arrangements are made for the scientific treatment for obesity, body pain, rheumatism and post surgery physical ailments.
Muraleedhara Gurukkal belongs to a family of traditional physicians. His family was honoured by the Samorine of Kozhikkode , king of an erstwhile princely state in INDIA, as one of his fore fathers healed the king suffering from acute shoulder pain. He healed The King by merely tying a wet towel round the painful shoulder.
Muraleedhara Gurukkal’s grand father Narayanan Vaidyar migrated to Travancore from Malabar and settled near Kaniyankunnu near Kottayam. Gurukkal learned traditional medicine from his father Govindan Narayanan Vaidyar, who was not only a vaidya but also an astrologer. He practiced yoga under Bodhananda Swamikal. He mastered wrestling, kalarippayat, karate, judo and gymnastics. He is a five time state wrestling champion and two time state kalarippayat champion. He won silver medal in international karate – sparring championship in 1978. Apart from this he got many other accolades in state – national levels. Gurukkal learned Tanthra from his uncle Ilangulam Sankaran Vaidyar. He learned traditional medicine from his father in law Alanatil Kesavan Vaidyar and Sri Saraswathi vilasam Madhavan Vaidyar also.
He is the founder secretary and current secretary of District Kalaripayattu Association, Kottayam. Now he teaches the age old practices of kalarippayat and kalari marma chikitsa (traditional ayurvedic treatment) at Sreepathy CVN Kalari. He is committed to the idea that the science of medicine is meant to the service of humanity and not for one’s individual proceeds.
Descended from a long lineage of vaidyas of the Ganaka caste, the traditional caste in Kerala of Jyotishi , Ayurveda and Kalarippayat teachers.. His grandfather, father and brothers are all vaidyas, owning and running a family clinic in Kerala.
Dr.Siju ( Vaidya Siju ) is skilled in Ayurveda, Jyotish - specifically in the field of Prasna Shastra (Horary Astrology), Marma Vidya, pulse diagnosis, and as a trainer of Kalarippayat, the art of Vedic self-defense. After the completion of his BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery) from Rajive Gandhi University of Health Science,Bangalore, he was invited by T.M.Guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, to come to Vlodrop, Netherlands.During the last year of Maharishi's life, Dr.Siju served as his personal vaidya, giving Maharishi daily treatments and recommending herbs for him.
H.H.Maharishi named Dr.Siju Head of the Marma Therapy Department at the Maharishi Ayurveda Integrated Health Center. In this capacity, he developed the treatment protocols for Ayurveda therapy and Yoga therapy.
Dr. Siju also served on the Planning Board for the Vedic Hospital, with Health Minister for Global Country of World Peace, Dr. Rainer Picha; Chairman Dr Walter Moelk, Board Members, Dr. Keith Wallace, Dr. Robert Schneider, Dr. Gareth Wallace, and Dr. Benjamin Stuettgen. Together, they planned the organization of the Vedic Hospital and developed treatment protocols. More recently, Dr.Siju has served as In-Residence Vaidya at the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center in Lancaster, Massachusetts, USA. And currently he is working as Consultant Vaidya for The Raj, in Fairfield, Iowa. U.S.A. and MAPI (Maharishi Ayurveda ), USA.