Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 8 : Vijayadasami, marking the end of the annual nine-day long Navaratri festival is being celebrated across Kerala on Tuesday and on the occasion, thousands of kids are initiated into the world of learning and writing.
Children, along with their parents, thronged in large numbers at temples dedicated to the goddess Saraswathi, the deity of learning, on this auspicious day. Elaborate arrangements were made in various temples, cultural centres, schools and newspaper offices for the 'Ezhuthiniruthu' (initiation ceremony).
As part of the initiation ceremony, the letters 'Hari Sri Ganapataye Namaha Avignamastu' are written on the tongue of the child and all the alphabets are written with a piece of gold.
The child is also made to write the same letters with its ring finger on raw rice in a bell metal vessel and the child is made to utter each word when it is written.(UNI)