Temple treat(ment)!

Updated: Nov 7 2003, 05:30am hrs
Enter the courtyard, and you are asked to go barefoot and take a footwash. No, you are not entering a temple but Taamra, Taj Exoticas latest offering a spa experience within a temple setting.

The spa in Goa opened its doors for guests recently and aims at treating the body and mind as a temple of worship. Built completely in wood and stone, Taamra which in ayurveda means lotus (a symbol of divinity) is modelled on the temple architecture of Kerala.

It has been designed to address an individuals requirement of physical balance and imparts authentic Ayurvedic treatment in a rather unique setting, says an official of Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces.

The ayurvedic spa is a winning combination of Taj and the Ayushman Ayurveda Trust, Coimbatore. What the spa endeavours to do is to evoke the human desire to be one with nature and realise divinity within oneself, adds the official.

An individual is led through a series of spaces and is introduced to rejuvenating therapies under the supervision of the resident ayurvedic physician who is called acharya. Spacious suites with private gardens and bathing pools allow the guest to experience holistic healing.

The experience includes going through a series of thresholds such as, Initiation which begins ones journey with a relaxing footwash; Contemplation wherein, one walks into the hall of the elements, barefoot of course; Rejuvenation where the ancient ways of true relaxation begin and finally, Sanctification where one soaks in the goodness in a private soak tub.

And what do spa-lovers have to say about it A delighted guest gave BB her thumbs-up to Taamras body massages and skilled staff with a I have never had a more serene and introspective meditative experience before line. With that, we soldier on to the ayurvedic treatments on offer. Pick from Abhyangam, Udwarthanam and Dina Charya and also combinations such as Abhyangam with Pichu, Abhyangam with local Pizhichil etc.

Aimed mainly at international leisure tourists, the main treatments cost Rs 6,000, while the add-ons cost about Rs 1,000 each. Single treatments cost Rs 3,000 and dish out Rs 500 for additional treatment.