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Vidyaarambham : initiating children to the world of knowledge

It is festival season in India and everyone is celebrating Navratri. It culminates with Vijayadashmi or Dussehra on the 10th day. In Kerala, Vijayadashmi is also observed as an initiation of knowledge known as Vidyaarambham.

On the morning of Vijayadashmi, the initiation is done by oldest member of the family or parents or guru, either at temple or home. The initiator helps the child to write the mantra ‘Om hari sree ganapataye namah’ on a tray of rice grains with the right index finger. It symbolizes acquisition of knowledge that leads to prosperity.

Of late, followers of many faiths have started following this wonderful tradition.

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Vinod_Sharma said...

India's amazing traditions never cease to amaze. No wonder Kerala is such a literate state!

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