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Vidyarambham - Significance

Vidyarambham is a significant tradition of Hindus which is observed on the day of 'Vijayadashami' during 'Kanni', the Malayalam month. The ceremony is even termed as 'Ezhuthiniruthu' in the states of southern India such as Kerala and Karnataka. In this Mookambika temple Vidyarambham ritual, young children of age between 3 to 5 years are introduced to the world of knowledge, dance, music, as well as some forms of folk arts. Kollur Mookambika temple Vidyarambham timings are the tenth and final day of Navratri celebrations. This ritual is regarded to be a significant day to initiate the process of learning, particularly in young children. Apart from celebrating Vidyarambham at Mookambika temple, it is even performed in other temples as well as in some households. However, the entire process of initiation along with learning is linked closely to the ritual 'Ayudh Puja'. As per the beliefs, on this day of Vidyarambham Devi Saraswati, the Goddess of wisdom and knowledge and teachers or Gurus should be rendered 'Gurudakshina' as an emblem of Thanksgiving. Vidyarambham in Kollur Mookambika Temple is very renowned.
Significance of Vidyarambham
Vidyarambham is an important ritual meant especially for children. 'Vidya' implies knowledge and 'arambham' means a new beginning in Malayalam. Temples of Karnataka and Kerala make special preparations for this particular ceremony. A large number of devotees on this Vidyarambham day visit temples for introducing their child to the world of knowledge and learning. People of all caste and religions follow this ceremony and even are observed with complete enthusiasm and passion all across South India.

Mookambika temple Vidyarambham is very popular as Kollur is the home of Devi Saraswati. People regarded right from the older times that their children would be fortunate if they are able to possess vidyarambham through pundits and pujaris of this sacred Kollur temple. On this auspicious occasion, young children take the first step in the world of letters. As described above, the term implies knowledge beginning and this ceremony is basically performed on the final day of Navratri, that is, the Vijayadashami day.

Vidyarambham at Mookambika Temple

Vidyarambham in Kollur Mookambika temple is very auspicious and popular since Kollur is the home of Devi Saraswati. Like it is mentioned earlier, people consider their child to be highly fortunate if they could have their vidyarambham through pujaris and pundits of this particular temple. Mookambika Temple has intricate arrangements, particularly for this ceremony.

On this occasion of Vidyarambham at Kollur, young kids are introduced to the world of letters or alphabets while they take their initial step in the world of knowledge. This customary ceremony of theMookambika temple Vidyarambham is performed on the final day of Navratri or Vijayadashami. However, the initiation in this world of letters or alphabets generally starts with writing of 'Om Hari Sri Ganapataye Namah' mantra, where hari means the Lord, and Sri depicts the prosperity. At first, this mantra is written in a plate of rice grains or on sand and after this, the teacher or master or any elder would write on the tongue of the child with gold. Well, there is a symbolism behind writing on rice grains and writing on sand. To write on sand basically indicate practice while to write on grains indicates acquisition of knowledge that results in prosperity. Moreover, writing with gold on the child's tongue beseeches Devi Saraswati, who is the Goddess of Learning and through this the child gains wealth of true knowledge.

Sri Mookambika is considered to be the goddess of VIDYA (the word 'Vidya' connotes mental / intellectual faculties as well as skills). Sage Shankaracharya performed penance at Mookambika Temple and extracted a boon from Goddess Mookambika that all those worship Her would become wise and excel in their intellectual pursuits. So it is believed that commencing the formal learning process (Vidyarambham) in the presence of Sri Mookabika would make the child studious and excel in education. Similarly, artists perform their stage debut in the presence of Mookambika to seek her blessings. Thousands of parents from far off places bring their kids to Mookambika Temple to initiate them into the path of learning in the presence of mother Goddess. It is also believed that performing Vidyarambam at Mookambika Temple of school going children who lag behind in studies or suffer from inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity, would help them overcome these maladies. So Vidyarambham of school going children is also done at Mookambika Temple.

Vidyarambham is a significant but simple ceremony lasting about 30 minutes. It is conducted during the morning/noon session of pooja, that is between 6 AM and 1 PM, on all days of the year. Aspirants need not bring anything to conduct Vidyarambham. Saraswathi Mantapam inside Mookabika temple premises is the place where writing ceremony is performed. A fixed fee has to be paid at the temple office to perform Vidyarambham. There is no age bar for performing Vidyrambham at Mookambika Temple.

How is the Vidyrambham ritual performed?
• During this ritual, a child has to get up very early to take bath and then dress up in the traditional clothes
• On the Vidyarambham day, ardent devotees offer prayers to Lord Vishnu, Lord Ganesh, and Goddess Saraswati. God Ganesha is initially entreated for propitious starting the process of learning
• In this Mookambika temple Vidyarambham ceremony, the child writes the mantra 'Om Hari Sri Ganapataye Namah' first by either tracing it in a plate of rice grains or on the sand. This process is performed under the guidance of a priest or a guru
• However, this part comes in handy for those parents who have a plan to do a quiet ceremony at the house. The individual who will perform it is known as Guru or teacher
• Right from the olden days, teachers or gurus play an important role in everyone's life. They are highly esteemed for the valuable and significant gift they offer us and that is, the gift of knowledge. Besides a priest, Vidyarambham ceremony could be done by the grandfather of the child, father or his uncle who would be the guru. The child will be sitting on his guru's lap during the process
• Guru would hold the child's index finger and write the mantra mentioned earlier on sand or plate of rice grains
• After completing the above process, he would take a gold ring and then write the same would write tongue of child. Through this mantra, they basically pray for the blessings of God Ganesha, the remover of all obstacles
• And writing the would write child's tongue with the gold ring means that we are seeking the blessings of Devi Saraswati.

This simple Vidyarambham ceremony reminds that knowledge is the most precious possession which an individual can attain during his or her lifetime.

Right Age for performing Vidyarambham for children
Mookambika temple Vidyarambham is performed before your child goes to school. It is usually done between 2 to 3 years of age. Thus, if you have any plan to send your child to play school, you will be able to perform this ceremony on the Vijayadashami. That said, even old aged people also perform vidyarambham at Kollur Mookambika Temple.

Dress Code of little one on Vidyarambham ceremony
Vidyarambham is an auspicious occasion when a child is introduced the first time in the world of knowledge and learning. On such a valuable occasion, the little one should have to take a bath prior to the function. Then, they dress up in their traditional clothes. A little boy can wear a small dhoti (mundu) and a little girl can wear pattu paaavadai, which means silk blouse and skirt.

Procedure of Mookambika Temple Vidyarambham
You should reach Kollur one day in advance as you will be able to begin a bit early on this day. Temple would be crowded especially on special days. Mookambika Vidyarambham would be performed in Saraswati Mantap which is outside the Kollur's main temple. You need to purchase a ticket at the counter. The queue line would be quite long for this ritual on special days. The pundit or pujari would perform this ritual to one group of 8 to 10 families at a stretch.

Things to carry while attending the vidyarambham at Kollur
Vidyarambham in Kollur Mookambika temple on Vijayadashami during Navratri is a crowded affair. Remember one thing while visiting this temple for Vidyarambham that the crowd could be huge with the sun shining on the top. It could even mean waiting for quite a long time. Crowds and heat are the two things that are equivalent to a grumpy baby. For avoiding a worse situation, you shouldn't forget to carry some milk or water along with some light snacks. This will prevent the child from dehydration and be getting fussy. The child should wear a comfortable dress as crowds could make it hot. You should carry all the necessary items needed for the ceremony along with a well-stocked baby bag and a disposable bag.

Vidyarambham Benefits

Mookambika temple has Vidyarambham done each day that lots of people opt for. You will have to pay Rs. 100 for the ticket at ticket counter. This particular pooja is known as Vidyaramba Kanike. Well, Mookambika temple Vidyarambham timings are between 6:45 am and 1:00pm when the pooja of Vidyarambham is performed everyday at the Saraswati mandapa.

Vidyarambham Bookings

Advance booking or online booking for Mookambika temple Vidyarambham isn't available. Tickets are issued only at the counter.

Several hundreds of children between two and three years are initiated in the world of knowledge and letters, as a part of Vidyarambham. Mookambika Temple in Kollur makes all arrangements for this Hindu tradition, performed on the Vijaya Dashami, where kids are initiated into the characters of the syllabary. A Malayali settled in Chennai named as K Unnikrishnan asserts that Vidyarambham is not only confined to Malayalis. He says that for many years, from all over the world, kids have been brought by parents in the temple for this auspicious ritual. They follow it as a part of the tradition. Kids below the ages of three years take a head bath and then wear new clothes. They are taken to this Kollur temple, where the priest chants the mantra 'Om Hari Sri Ganapataye Namah' and then write on the child's tongue. After this, the children are made to write down the alphabets on a decorated plate of rice, with the help of fingers. People are of this belief that kids who are initiated in the learning on this auspicious day of Vijaya Dashami perform well in studies as well as become successful.

Vidyarambham is essentially a custom of Hindus but the enhancing response to the ritual from people of other faiths is considered to be a sign of cultural vibrancy of one society which renders a high level of importance to the education of its kids and regards human resources as the biggest

Ensure that your offerings, sevas, gifts, and donations to Mookambika Temple however big or small, are sent through legitimate channels and duly acknowledged by authorized persons by issuing official receipts. Try to gather as much information as you can on Mookambika Pilgrimage before embarking on a journey to Kollur. Reserve your accommodation in advance, especially during festivals and weekends if you wish to stay overnight at Kollur. Shun the help of touts, rickshaw/taxi drivers and other middlemen in selecting lodges/hotels. Select safe, secure and neat accommodation on your own. Devotees in the vicinity of God are easy prey to cheats, touts, pickpockets, and tricksters. Beware of these genres of people.

FAQs of Vidyarambham

Reviews of Vidyarambham at Mookambika
  • RATED 5/5. I recently completed vidyarambham for my son at Mookambika temple and it was quite easy. I could walk-in free hand and completed this ritual within 15 minutes. You need to ensure that you are inside the temple by 6 am or at least before 12 pm. I bought a vidyarambham token for Rs. 200. After entering, there is the mandapam at the left side where all had to assemble. The entire process is done in a batch of 10 to 15 children and the procedure for us completed within 20 minutes.
    Ramesh Raman
    Kochi, Kerala
  • RATED 5/5. I loved the Vidyarambham process at Kollur temple. There was one pandit who chanted the mantra and we all repeated it. We were offered a plate, rice, and other things. I carried a gold ring for writing on the child's tongue at the end. I took many pictures as much as possible. My father-in-law made my son write some letters, holding his hand. Everything is allowed here. The total procedure didn't take more than 20 minutes. It was overall a great experience.
    Pramod Verma
  • RATED 5/5. I visited Mookambika temple few days before for the event of vidyarambham and it was even my first visit. I carried out the vidyarambham ritual of my son happily. I felt immense satisfaction to have this ritual of my child at Mookambika temple. It was very crowded but we didn't face any problem. The pujari chanted the mantra and offered all necessary items like a plate of rice where my son was made to write with the help of my father. It didn't take much time for us to complete the event. I was completely satisfied with the puja procedures and felt really happy to realize that my son had a great beginning in world of knowledge.
    Trishala Shetty
    Abu Dhabi
  • RATED 5/5. I visited Kollur last summer as I had heard a lot about the Mookambika Devi and her miracles. But the experience was surreal when I actually had a chance of a darshan. I was overwhelmed by the serenity of the temple and the Jyotirlinga darshan was the highlight of my visit. I wanted to thank the Goddess for granting me a chance to witness her grace and decided to perform the Chandika Homam in the temple. The last-minute bookings were tedious but the peace I felt was worth it
    Thane, Maharashtra
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