Navratri is the celebration of the 9 forms of Goddess Durga. One of the important days is Vijayadashami, the 10th or the final day of the celebrations. This day is considered auspicious among Hindus to start anything important, whether it is academics, music, arts or any other skill.
Till the auspicious day of Vijayadashami, a child is not generally introduced to paper or any kind of learning. There are several temples in Kerala where Vidyarambham, the ceremony of introducing a child to the world of knowledge, is performed. Thiruvullakkavu Temple in Thrissur is one of the temples known for Vidyarambham.
Thiruvullakkavu Sree Dharma Sastha Temple is located in Cherpu of Thrissur district. Dedicated to Lord Ayyappa, the ceremony of Vidyarambham is one of the major celebrations of the temple. Thousands of devotees visit the temple with their children to help them enter the world of education with the blessings of Sree Dharma Sastha or Lord Ayyappa.
The ceremony of Vidyarambham at Thiruvullakkavu
It is said that many famous poets and writers have entered the world of letters from Thiruvullakkavu Temple, and unlike other Ayyappa temples, Vidyarambham is the most important festival here. Another famous festival celebrated here is Peruvanam Arattupuzha Pooram.
The festivities start here as early as 4am and the temple premises overflow with devotees and their children. As per Hindu belief, every Hindu irrespective of his age, writes the mantra on sand or a plate of rice grains, which is considered as a new beginning after the Ayudha Puja is done.
Thiruvullakkavu Temple Timings
The temple is open from 4am-10.30am and from 4.30pm-8pm on all days.
A sight on Vidrarambham
This day is considered auspicious in all the Saraswati temples in India. Over the decades, even people from other religions follow the tradition of writing on sand and entering the world of words.
How to reach Thiruvullakkavu Temple
You can easily reach the temple by travelling on Thrissur-Irinjalakkuda route. Thrissur is well connected to all the nearby cities. The nearest railway station to Thiruvullakkavu is Thrissur Railway Station which is around 10km away from the place. The nearest airport is Kochi (Nedumbassery) International Airport which is 40km away from here.
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