The Vijaya Dashami, or Dasara, celebrated on the day after nine-day Navratri festival is observed as Vidyarambham in Kerala and is dedicated to Goddess Saraswati – the Hindu Goddess of learning. Vidyarambham 2017 date is September 30. ‘Vidya’ means knowledge and ‘Arambham’ means to begin.
On the Vidyarambham day, young children are introduced into the world of alphabets or letters and they take the first step into the world of knowledge.
Unlike in other parts of
, the nine-day Navratri festival and the 10-th day of Vijaya Dashami day is mainly dedicated to Goddess Saraswati in Kerala. India
On the Vidyarambham day children, sit on the lap of their father or mother or grand parents and write ‘Hari Shree Ganapataye Namah’ in Malayalam with the right index finger on a bed of raw rice.
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