As per the custom, scholars, writers, teachers, priests and other prominent figures in the society make children, usually aged two to three years, write their first letters of learning on the occasion.
They help the tots write "Hari..Sree.." in platters filled with rice or it is scribbled on a child's tongue with a golden ring.
Warm wishes for Malayalees across the world celebrating Vidyarambham & Dussehra.- Pinarayi Vijayan (@vijayanpinarayi) September 30, 2017
Temples, especially those dedicated to Saraswathy, the goddess of learning and art, like Panachikkadu Saraswathy Temple in Kottayam district and Kollur Mookambika temple witnessed heavy rush from early morning itself.
A secular Vidyarambham at Vylopalli Samskriti Bhavan where kids of all faiths come to write their first letters. Culture over religion! pic.twitter.com/2hPWkUpNZk- Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) September 30, 2017
Besides this, well known shrines like Sri Padmanabha Swami Temple and Guruvayur Sree Krishna Swamy Temple also saw heavy rush of devotees.
Media houses including television channels and newspapers also made elaborate arrangements to mark the day where prominent cultural and literary personalities initiated children into the world of letters.
The auspicious day also saw many people start learning dance and music.
Legendary Playback singer K J Yesudas imparted first lessons in carnatic music to children at a function here.
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