Kerala is one of the major travel destinations known for its rich history, culture and heritage. Having unique festivals and traditions, the state also has a number of temples that make your trip worthwhile.
Vidyarambham in Kerala is the ritual that is observed at the end of Navratri, and is considered as an auspicious day to start academics, business or any other venture. There are many temples where the ceremony is celebrated and devotees flock in from various places to attend the event.
The Guru (the one who performs Vidyarambham) writes "Hari Sree" on the child's tongue with a gold ring, after which he/she is made to write "Harisree Ganapathaye Namaha" in Malayalam as the first step of imparting knowledge. Let us check out some of the best temples in Kerala that are famous for Vidyarambham!
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Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, Thiruvananthapuram
Attukal Bhagavathy Temple, popularly known as the Sabarimala for women, is also a venue for Vidyarambham as a part of Navratri celebrations. Young children are brought by their parents for the auspicious ceremony of Vidyarambham, to introduce them to the world of knowledge.
Thiruvullakkavu Sree Dharma Sastha Temple, Thrissur
This temple is located at Cherpu in Thrissur district, and is one of the famous temples in Kerala known for Vidyarambham. Devotees throng in to the temple from various parts of India to make their children be a part of the auspicious ceremony of Vidyarambham.
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Thrikkavu Sri Durga Bhagavathy Temple, Malappuram
Vidyarambham, or Ezhuthiniruthu, is one of the major festivals of Thrikkavu Sri Durga Bhagavathy Temple at Ponnani in Malappuram district. This ancient temple is believed to be one of the 108 Durga temples that were consecrated by Parasurama and the ritual of Vidyarambam is quite prominent even at this temple.
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Sree Dakshina Mookambika Temple, Kochi
Located at Paravur near Kochi, Sree Dakshina Mookambika Temple is another popular pilgrimage centre that is known for Vidyarambham. The temple is dedicated to goddess Saraswati who is the goddess of wisdom
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Though Vidyarambham is specifically for children who are entering academics, adults also take part in these festivities by writing the alphabets/numbers on rice grains or sand which symbolises the beginning of education. Head to any of these temples and be a part of the grand Navratri festivities in Kerala!
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