Thousands of children were initiated into the world of letters at various temples in the district on the occasion of Vijayadashami on Monday.
Over 14,000 children took part in the ‘Vidyarambham’ ritual held at the Sreesaraswathi Temple at Panachikkad.
The temple is widely known as ‘Dakshina Mookambika’ temple. ‘Acharya’ is a central part of the ritual. ‘Hari shree ganapataye namaha’, the invocation to Lord Ganesha, is written on the tongue of children using a golden ring. Children are then made to write the words using their index finger on platters filled with grains of rice.
The ceremony commenced at 4 a.m., but thousands queued up at the temple from 2 a.m. The ritual ended at 5 p.m. Temple authorities said 45 acharyas took part in the ceremony held at the ‘Vidya Mandapam’ that was constructed on the premises. The ritual was led by Kaimukkilam K.N. Narayanan Namboothiri, Karunattillam K.N. Narayanan Namboothiri and K.V. Sreekumar.
Actors KPAC Lalitha, Sidharth and former Rubber Board chairperson J. Lalithambika were present during the ‘Granthapooja’. About three lakh devotees participated. The local police and voluntary organisations made necessary arrangements. The KSRTC and private bus operators ran additional services to the temple from Sunday.
The ceremony brought the curtains down on the nine-day Navarathri celebrations and the National Festival of Music and Dance organised as part of the festival.