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Oct 09, 2008 at 09:12pm IST

Vidyarambham celebrated in Kerala

Thrissur, Kerala: Vidyarambham was celebrated in Kerala on Thursday. Thousands of children are initiated to the world of letters on this day.

Children get the taste of the first letter written on their tongue in the ceremony of Vidyarambham or the beginning of knowledge.

The ritual is held on Vijayadashami, the last day of Navaratri.

Initiation into the world of alphabets usually begins with the writing of a mantra ‘Om hari sri ganapathaye namah’.

Initially, the mantra is written on sand or a tray of rice grains.

The mantra is then written on the child's tongue with gold which is to invoke the grace of the goddess of learning Saraswati.

Thousands of children were initiated to the world of letters in Kerala on the Vidyarambham. The ritual starts early in the morning and continues till the evening.

Children cry aloud from the pain of the first letter written on their tongue.

A mother, Seema says “I had the wish to initiate my child to the world of letters in a temple. I was also initiated in a temple. Today is an important day to start learning.”

A teacher M Mahesh explains in his words, “A mentally ill Brahmin ate a plantain fruit from this temple and became very wise. A lady also had the same blessing here. That's why initiation to the world of letters is important in this Thriuvullakkavu temple.”

Large number of devotees throng at the temples from early morning to initiate learning to their children and the ritual continues till evening.

Nowadays Vidyarambahm is celebrated by people across all castes and religions in Kerala.

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