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Vidyaarambham

 

A well recognized contribution of Thunchan Smarakam is institutionalization of Vidyaarambham the ritual wherein hundreds of kids are initiated into the world of formal education under the guidance of reputed preceptors.

 

On the Vijayadasami day the Trust organizes Vidyarambham - the ritualistic initiation of tinytots to the world of letters - attracting thousands of children ranging between three and five years of age; they are led to the world of letters, music and arts under the guidance of reputed preceptors or Gurus.

 

Pujas are being performed on a special urn containing sand brought from the Thunchan Parambu at Tirur. During Vidyarambham, the children will scrawl letters in this sand under the guidance of elders.

 

Noted men of letters including V.R. Prabodhachandran Nair, G.N. Panicker, Kavalam Narayana Panicker, Vattaparambil Gopinatha Pillai and Mavelikkara Achuthan, musician P. Suseela Devi, artists Kattoor Narayana Pillai and Karaikamandapam Vijayakumar and danseuse Lekshmi form the core group of Acharyas who will initiate children into learning.

 

The first ritual involves seating the child in the lap of the Acharya and reciting the Vidyadevi mantra in its ear. Then, the child's finger is guided on to the plate of sand to scrawl letters. A gold ring is used to scribble letters on the child's tongue. The function comes to a close with the student giving Gurudakshina to the guru and accepting Ashtadravyam in return.