Today is Vijayadashami; children enter the world of letters despite Covid curbs


Vidyarambham ceremony | Photo: Ragesh Vasudevan | Mathrubhumi

Kozhikode: With prayers and precautions, people across the state are celebrating ‘Vijayadashami’, one of the most significant festivals in India, on Friday. On this auspicious day, children are introduced to the world of letters during a special ‘vidyarambham’ ritual in temples and other cultural centres from early morning.

However, strict restrictions have been imposed this year to ensure safety in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. People are urged to hold the ritual at homes and public ceremonies have been curtailed.

Strict restrictions are in place at Kollur Mookambika Devi Temple too as thousands of Keralites visit here on this day. There has been a rush of devotees from early morning on Friday. To avoid crowds, only parents of children are allowed to enter for the rituals at Kollur temple. RT-PCR negative certificate obtained within 72 hours has also been made mandatory for devotees from Kerala.

In Panachikkad Dakshina Mookambi Temple, Kottayam, pre-booking facility was arranged to avoid crowd. Only those who have made advance booking can take part in the rituals. Parents are supposed to write ‘Harishree’ on kids’ tongue using gold and then on rice using finger.

Thunchan Parambu in Tirur used to witness most number of Vidyarambham rituals every year. But this time, all ceremonies relating to the same have been avoided. However, those who register online can get certificates that carry the digital signature of writer MT Vasudevan Nair. Vidyarambham ceremonies have been avoided in Kunchan Nambiar memorial in Killikkurussimangalam too.

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