What is Vidyarambham ?

What is Vidyarambham ?

Vidyarambham: The start of Education for Kids!

Vidyarambham is a beautiful ritual, and a Hindu tradition, wherein toddlers are introduced to the world of knowledge. It’s basically a ritual for children. Last year, during Navratra’s, I witnessed Vidyarambham, also referred to as Ezhuthiniruthu or Aksharabhyasam in a South Indian temple (Ayappa Temple Delhi). Really impressed with the whole ritual, I decided to pen it down for my readers.

Vidya means “Knowledge” and Arambham means “Start”. Thus it is a ritual, which formally introduces children into the characters of the syllabary.

Vidyarambham, a beautiful ritual and a Hindu tradition, wherein toddlers are introduced to the world of knowledge. Vidyarambham or Ezhuthiniruthu is conducted on the day of Vijayadashmi during Navrathra's and in 2019 it is on 8th october 2019. Read more about VIdyarambham and can it be performed at home? #Vidyarambham #Ezhuthiniruthu #aksharabhyasam #ceremony #Vijayadashmi #Navratri #Indianritual #Mookambika #ayappa #Sabarimala #Thiruvullakkavu

What is the right age for Ezhuthiniruthu/Vidyarambham?

Since it denotes the onset of Knowledge, this ceremony can be performed for a child between the age of 2-5years. It should be done for both boys and girls, to be blessed with lots of wisdom.

What are the auspicious dates for Vidyarambham?

Goddess Saraswati is considered to be the Goddess of Knowledge and wisdom and hence Vidyarambham is dedicated to Goddess Saraswati. This ceremony is usually conducted on the last day of Navratri, i.e. on Vijayadashmi. This year, in 2019, Vijayadashmi is on 8th October 2019.

“Sarasvati Namastubhyam Varade Kaama-Ruupinni |

Vidyarambham Karissyaami Siddhir-Bhavatu Me Sadaa ||”

Let’s all bow down to Maa Saraswati, who gives us the boons and fulfills all the wishes,

When I start my studies, always bestow on me the virtuousness of right understanding.

Apart from Navrathra’s, there are many auspicious dates on which Vidyarambham can be performed. Read the auspicious dates for Aksharabhyasam in 2019, here

How to do Vidyarambham ceremony?

Vidyarambham, a beautiful ritual and a Hindu tradition, wherein toddlers are introduced to the world of knowledge. Vidyarambham or Ezhuthiniruthu is conducted on the day of Vijayadashmi during Navrathra's and in 2019 it is on 8th october 2019. Read more about VIdyarambham and can it be performed at home? #Vidyarambham #Ezhuthiniruthu #aksharabhyasam #ceremony #Vijayadashmi #Navratri #Indianritual #Mookambika #ayappa #Sabarimala #Thiruvullakkavu

Well, many parents have the concern that can Vidyarambham be performed at home? The priest informed that if the elder person at home is aware of performing the rituals, Ezhuthiniruthu can be done at the ease at home itself.

1. Children are first showered with a bath and adorned with new traditional clothes.

2. Usually, kids are taken to nearby Temple maybe Ayyappa temple in Delhi, Mookambika temple in Karnataka or any South Indian Temple near your place. Try asking the temple priest before you plan for the ceremony.

3. Usually, children sit in the lap of Guru/priest, or even in the lap of the elder most person of the family. With the right mantra’s and process, Ezhuthiniruthu can be performed at home also.

4. Vidyarambham Ceremony begins with writing ‘Om Hari Sree Ganapathye Namaha’, in a tray which is filled with rice. Usually, the index finger of the child is held and he/she is made to write this mantra (usually in Malayalam). This mantra is written on sand and rice. Both writings on sand and rice have their own significance. Writing on sand signifies practice while writing on rice signifies prosperity due to knowledge.

5. Om Hari Sree Ganapathye Namaha is then written with gold (purity) on the child’s tongue. Priest/elder person at home does the same. This signifies that Goddess Saraswati is there on the tongue of the child so that he/she attains the right knowledge in his learning curve.

6. You can use that rice to cook a delicious sweet kheer for the family.

Slates and pencils are distributed to other kids once this ceremony is concluded. It was an enlightening ceremony for me and I really wished the same for my son. People across all religions have been performing Vidyarambham these days graciously.

Things to carry for your Vidyarambham ceremony at the Temple :

Be it Kollur Mookambika temple or Delhi Ayappa temple or Attukal Bhagavathy Temple (Sabarimala for women), Thiruvullakkavu Sree Dharma Sastha Temple in Thrissur, all temples might become overcrowded for Vidyarambham ceremony.

Here are some points which you must need to take care before taking kids for this ritual :

  1. Check the timings of the temple you wish to carry out this ceremony
  2. Since the temples are overcrowded more so during Vijayadashmi, it is advisable to start early for temple.
  3. Dress your kids traditionally, but ensure clothes are soft and do not hurt kids. Standing in queues and no-so-soft clothes can make kids cranky.
  4. Take some finger foods and water along, so that kids can munch and sip in case the queue is really long.
  5. Do carry your bag with essentials as Wipes, diapers (if need be), an extra pair of clothing

Let this onset of “Knowledge” be the best ritual for your child! The best gift we can give to our kids is the Gift of “Knowledge and wisdom”, right moms and dads?

Wishing that Maa Saraswati blesses every child.

Much Love,



Quest to live the life surrounded with the charming little bundle's of joy. When they speak, I sing, When they smile, I rejoice , When they hug, I hold them never to lose, Such is my passion for these Gifts of God.This love urged me to navigate separately from my Travel Blog & establish an "All-In-One" Blog for budding mothers. Mum's have multi-tasked this world ,with all her professional commitments , she still makes an extra effort to be a loving, caring and be an intellectual mommy! Cheers, for me too come from the same fraternity, post having a superb academics & close to 8 years of professional experience and blessed with a little one "who has indeed changed my life from Autumn to Spring";)

This Post Has 20 Comments

  1. Noor Anand Chawla

    This is so interesting! I am so happy to learn of a traditional practice that celebrates the spread of knowledge in both boys and girls.

  2. Alpana Deo

    I remember my daughter doing this ritual on Vijayadashami. It was a collective Pooja. Such rituals set a very strong foundation for education.

  3. Vartika Gakhar

    What an interesting read this was. I like to understand the reasons to celebrate festivals and such occasions. I also started my kids education on Saraswati Pooja last year. You have summed up the tradition very well in the post.

  4. Preeti Chauhan

    I have witnessed such a ceremony in one of my South Indian’friend’s home and I was very impressed that they actually have a ritual for starting the formal education of a child .My guess is that this ritual was limited to the Brahmin families earlier ow if that’s correct .

  5. Neha Jella

    This is the best way we all should celebrate the Indian festival. I loved reading this post and will try to explore more about Vidyarambham.

  6. Prerna Wahi

    A beautiful and informative post. I know this ceremony exists in different faiths with different names. It is huge in south India!

  7. Jhilmil D Saha

    It’s great to know about this ritual and how it is similar to Bengal’s “Hate Khori” which also happens on every Saraswati puja.

  8. Sajid Akhter

    Hi Jhilmil,

    This is a beautiful post. You have shared an informative post which is very interesting and engaging.

    Thanks for sharing, have a good day.

  9. Preetjyot Kaur

    Good to know about this. I always enjoy reading about various cultures.

  10. Nisha

    This ceremony is new to me. Nothing such happens here. But it sounds very nice and meaningful. You have explained it beautifully.kudos.

  11. Deepa

    That’s interesting. Good to know about
    vidhyarambham. A great way to celebrate the start of education in kids through this ceremony or ritual.

  12. Purva

    These rituals are so beautiful. Didn’t have any idea about this ceremony. Glad to know about it.

  13. Mrinal Kiran

    Wow! I never heard of this ceremony before! India is such a diverse country, isn’t so? 😀 the ritual seems really amazing! Will share this with my mom!

  14. Khushboo

    It’s good to know about this ritual. I never heard of this ritual. It’s good to know about this ritual.

  15. Nihal Shetty

    The rituals look so damn and interesting, I loved the way you have explained each and every aspect, would surely like to see one of such ceremony live ??

  16. Shub

    I have heard about this ceremony from my friends and what a lovely tradition… important milestone I must say in kid’s life. Thanks for sharing about it .

  17. Amrit kaur

    I was not aware of this ceremony. It is nice to add such information in brain bank. My friend is blessed with a daughter I will share this info with her so that she is well prepared

  18. Roshni Parate

    Wow, this is great to know about such different traditional ritual. I Never heard about this. Thanks for sharing such things … And letting people know about your culture. ?

  19. Akshu

    My child is 18 months and started scribbling with pen on paper and once we just wrote alphabets holding her hand just like that before vidhyarambham. I just came to know about this ceremony recently. Is it still okay to do vidhyarambham when she turns 2 years?

    1. Jhilmil

      Yes you can certainly do that, though it is recommended at around 3 years:)

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