8th October, 2019
Hundreds of children took part in the 'Vidyarambham' ceremony during Vijayadashami in Kerala on Tuesday. The ceremony is held for children between two and five years in which they start studying. Today, a large number of children have arrived at Thunchan Smarakam in Attukal, Thiruvananthapuram to participate in the ceremony along with their parents. Vidyarambham is a traditional festival in Kerala where children begin to read and write.
Vidyarambham is composed of Vidya and Initiation of two words. This ritual is held on the last day of Navratri i.e. Vijayadashami. On this day thousands of people arrive at the temple, mosque, and church to start their children's education. According to tradition, Shikhakas, writers, scholars, and priests teach young children to write the first letter on this day. They write this word on their tongue with the words Hari Sri or a gold ring on the slate. First, this word is written on rice or sand and then it is written on the child's tongue with a fine thing made of gold.
After the completion of this ritual, books, slate, and other materials are distributed among the children. On this day, people take their children in line outside the temples in different places. Please tell that this tradition is also done in Andhra Pradesh, but here this ritual is known as Aksharabhyasam.
It is worth mentioning that today the festival of Vijayadashami is being celebrated with the conclusion of Sharadiya Navratri. Preparations begin in the country several days before this festival. Fairs and Ravana combustion are organized at many places.