Guwahati, April 24, 2019
Prime Minister Narendra Modi revealed that our very own traditional phulam gamusa provides him with the desired relief when he suffers ‘unbearable pain’.
Speaking with Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar in an interview, Modi said, “When you climb a mountain your legs will pain and in a mountainous region you will never find a physiotherapist. I carry the Axomiya gamusa around my neck all the time. When my legs ache, I wrap the gamusa around my legs and in the middle, I insert a small piece of wood and twist the wood both sides. It gives me immense relief.”
Time and again, Modi has been seen donning an Axomiya gamusa. Sporting the Axomiya gamusa, Prime Minister Modi was seen performing asanas on the occasion of International Yoga Day in 2018, which the opposition dubbed as ‘political gimmick’.
In January 2019, donning a gamusa, Modi offered prayers at the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple situated in Thiruvananthapuram of Kerala.
The gamusa is of great significance for the people of Assam. Gamusa has a great significance in Assamese culture and tradition. The word gamusa is derived from the Kamrupi word gamsaw, the cloth used to cover the Bhagavad Purana at the altar. There are efforts underway to have the gamusa registered with the Geographical Indication.