Krishna Kumar was born in 1951 as the son of Arya Vaidyan P. V. Rama Varier, the founder of Arya Vaidya Pharmacy (AVP), and Smt. Pankajam Rama Varier. His father, Rama Varier, had been the only son of Vaidyavichakshanan Mankulangara Kunjan Varier, a reputed Sanskrit scholar, poet and physician. He became a trusted disciple of Vaidyaratnam P. S. Varier, and later a trendsetter in his own way, as evidenced by the establishment, growth and spread of AVP during his time. His deep knowledge, innate sincerity, humility and capacity for untiring hard work won for him the deep affection and trust of all those who came into contact with him. Even today, experts are surprised that Rama Varier could think of starting the company as a Public Limited Company. As early as the 1940s, globalization of Ayurveda was his vision and creating a new breed of physicians was his great desire.
Krishna Kumar naturally imbibed these finesses and even at a tender age used them on a larger platform, making his father proud. Living his life in total surrender to God, doing righteous things without expecting any return, and helping the poor are three qualities which he always attributes to his father. After studying at one of Kerala’s most prestigious schools, Shornur Ayurveda College, once run by the famous Ayurveda Samajam, he decided not to become a practitioner; instead, he took up the propagation of Ayurveda, particularly imparting proper Ayurveda education, as his main objective in life.