Malappuram, Oct 8 : Hundreds of kids between the age of two and three on Tuesday performed the ritual of "Vidyarambam" (introducing them to the world of education) at Thunjan Parambu, the birth place of Thunchan Ramanujan Ezhuthchan, considered him as Father of Malayalam language and located 2 km southwest of Tirur.
Ezhuthachan was a devotional poet and linguist from around the 16th century. The kilippattu style in Malayalam was introduced by Ezhuthachan. The ritual of "Vidyarambam" is that either grandparents/parents or eminent personalities from various walks of life will write the first letters 'Hari Sree Ganapathaye Namah" on the tongues of the kids and then make them write the holy verse by holding their fingers on sand or rice spread either on the floor or on bell metal vessel.
The ritual is performed at sacred places like temples or places connected with language and literature and in a devotional ambience on the auspicious day of "Vijayadasami", marking the conclusion of the nine-day Navarathri festival. (UNI)