Vidyarambham 2016 in Kerala

Vidyarambham, sometimes referred as Ezhuthiniruthu, is a Hindu tradition where children between two and three years old are formally introduced into the world of knowledge. Vidyarambam is a combination of two Malayalam word “Vidya” means “knowledge” and “Arambham” means "beginning”.  Vidyarambham ceremony is dedicated to Goddess Saraswati - the Hindu Goddess of Learning, and is held on the Vijayadasami day (Vijayadasami), the last day of the ten-day-long Navaratri festival. People of Kerala call this ritual as Aksharabhyasam or Ezhuthiniruthu and they visit Hindu Goddess temples to initiate learning to their children and introduce them to the world of learning and knowledge. In 2016 Vidyarambham is celebrated on 10th October 2016, Monday.

How to perform Vidyarambham Ceremony?

Vidyarambham ritual commences with prayers to Lord Ganapathi – the remover of obstacles, and then to Goddess Saraswathi Devi. The children sit on the lap of the Guru (teacher) or any elder person who writes ‘Hari Shree’ on the child’s tongue with a golden ring. It is said that writing on the tongue with gold evokes the grace of the Goddess Saraswati. Then, with the help of the Guru, the child is made to write ‘Om Hari Sree Ganapathye Namaha’ in Malayalam with the right index finger. Hari refers to the Lord, and Sri refers to prosperity. Writing on sand denotes practice, whereas writing on grains denotes the acquisition of knowledge, which leads to prosperity.

After the ritual, slates and other stationary items are distributed to the children. In olden days Vidyaramba was considered a ritual of Hindus only. However nowadays Vidyarambham is performed by the people across all castes and religion.

Vidyarambham at Thunchan Parambu, Tirur

Vidyarambham ceremony is of great importance in Thunchan Parambu at Tirur in Malappuram, Kerala. Thunchanparambu is the birthplace of Thunchath Ramanujan Ezhuthachan, the great poet who is considered to be the father of Malayalam language. Thousands of children are being brought to Thunchan Parambu to be initiated into the world of education and knowledge on Vijaya Dasami day.

Vidyarambham at Kollur Mookambika Temple, Karnataka

Sree Mookambika Temple in Kollur is one of the most favourite Goddess temples in India chosen by parents for performing Vidyarambham to their children. Vidhyarambha is carried out in the Goddess Saraswathi mantapa at Mookambika Devi Temple on the last day of Navarathri festival. A popular belief is that those children who get the luck of having their Vidya Rambham performed at Mookambika Temple will become very successful in life. Another noted feature of Sri Kollur Mookambika Temple is that people can conduct the Vidayarambha ceremony on any suitable day at the temple.

Other famous temples to perform Vidyarambham for Children


Attukal Bhagavathy Temple in Trivandrum, Shri Dakshina Mookambika Temple in Kulangarakonam, Thiruvananthapuram, Panachikkadu Saraswathi Temple in Kottayam, Mookambika Saraswathi Temple in Paravur, Ezhukone Mookambika Temple in Kollam,  Thiruvullakkavu Sree Dharma Sastha Temple in Thrissur, Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple, Vadakkan Paravur Temple in Ernakulam, Chottanikkara Devi Temple in Ernakulam, Thrikkavu Sri Durga Bhagavathy Temple in Ponnani, Thrikkur Mathikunnu Bhagavathy Temple, Trikkur Mathikunnu Durga Temple, and Edakkunnu Durga Bhagavathy Temple are some famous temples to perform Vidyarambham ceremony. Special arrangements are made in the temple for this occasion.


5 comments:

  1. Education of children in Kerala starts before they are fully potty-trained, much like child marriage and child labor; that is why there is a rush to do the aksharabhyasam between 2 and 3 instead of 4 and 5.

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    1. I fail to understand why everything is taken in a wrong way..people who have problems in kids learning new things (obviously apart from potty training) should stop reading these blogs.

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  2. Education of children in Kerala does not at all start before they are fully potty-trained, much like child marriage and child labor. Neither is it why there is a rush to do the aksharabhyasam between 2 and 3 instead of 4 and 5. It is just a formal intiation into learning on an auspicious day. It does not mean that all those lil' ones are rigorously taught ftom da vry nxt day. It's like thinking that just b'cas we conduct `choroonu' for children when they r 6mnths old, we feed thm a feast evry day hence. T
    he UKG - LKG- Pre KG cncpts r modern day evils and not da supply of traditions.

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  3. Truelly said....vidyarambham should be understood as an auspicious day to initiate children into the world of knowledge and writing... N nobody is imposing anything on anybody here...It's up to u what you want to do....Vidyarambham at this age doesn't mean children are made to slog with books day and night.Although my kids were done with their vidyarambham at the age of 3,they started schooling only when they were 4.There may be a large number of parents who over stress their kids at an early age.I would only call them over ambitious.

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