Vidyarambham or Ezhuthiniruthu is a Hindu tradtion celebrated on Vijaya Dashami day during the nine-day festival of Navaratri Pooja in the month of Kanni as per Malayalam calender. This is an important custom in Kerala where children between 2~5 years old are stepped into the knowledge world. Vidyarambham literally means ‘starting of knowledge gain’.
Vazhappully Sree Rajarajeshwari temple is one of the significant venues where Vidyarambham is performed socially. On the day of Vijaya Dashami, ninth day of Navarathri, many people visit this temple and perform Vidyarambham.
‘Om Hari Sri Ganapathaye Namah’ is the mantra written on sand or on rice and the child writes the mantra again and again for five times. The priest writes the mantra on child’s tongue with small gold ring.
By writing this mantra on tongue devotees are the blessed by Goddess Saraswati.