Vidyaramham is a very important function in Kerala. Vidyarambham is observed in the Vijayadashami day of Navarathri. Evenif it is a hindu tradition, now it is followed by other religions to start the formal education of Children. Vidyarambham or 'Ezhuthiniruthal' is the starting of Education in a temple or other cultural institutions. 'Vidya' means Knowledge and 'Aarambham' means starting.
Children must not cross 3 years. There will be priests or eminent persons in the temple for vidyarambham. Writing in rice is considered auspicious, so first they will write in rice and then using a golden ring they will write on the tongue of the child. 'Hari sree ganapathaye namaha avighnamasthu' is the first alphabets. There will be an atmosphere of the first day of the school with crying sounds .
This day we can start any arts like dance or music. In Kerala in this day students give 'dakshinas'(a traditional offering with beetel leaves ,aracnut and coin) to teachers to have their blessings. Elders also write Malayalam letters in sand or rice after Saraswathi Pooja. Panachikkadu saraswathi temple, Thiruvullakkavu Sri Dharmashastha temple, Chottanikkara Devi temple and Paravur Mookambi temple are well known places for Vidyarambham. There we can have early registration for Vidyaramham.
"Saraswathi nin charanaravindam
Shirassil vechittitha kumbidunnen
Varaprasadam tharikambike nee"
Sidhir bhavathume sada"
Sukrithopatha soubhagya lakshmi
Kazhlina valayadheeswari viswanathe"
"Ya kundendu thusharahara dhavala
Ya veenavara dandamandithakara
Ya brhmachyutha shakara prabhithibhir
Devai sada poojitha
Sa mam pathu saraswathi bhagawathi