Aksharabhyasa is a significant ritual that marks the start of a child’s education. The term “Akshara” means “Alphabets” and “Abhyasa” means “practice”, making Aksharabhyasa the practice of alphabets. It is also known as Vidyarambham, Ezhuthiniruthu, or Akshara Sweekaram.
This ritual is typically performed for children between the ages of 2 and 5, signifying the beginning of their journey in learning. It is considered to be an important milestone in a child’s life and is typically performed by the child’s parents or grandparents. During the Aksharabhyasa ceremony, the child is seated on the lap of their parent or grandparent, who then writes the first alphabet of the child’s name on their tongue with a golden ring or a small piece of gold. This symbolizes the child’s initiation into the world of knowledge and learning. The Aksharabhyasa ritual is usually performed in the presence of a Hindu priest, who recites mantras and prayers to invoke the blessings of the gods and goddesses of knowledge, such as Saraswathi, the goddess of learning. This ceremony is often performed on special occasions such as the child’s birthday or during the Navaratri festival.
Aksharabhyasa can be performed at the temple or at home. For those who want to perform this ceremony at home, there are several online pooja services on www.onlinepoojas.com that can provide a Hindu Priest to perform the Aksharabhyasa ceremony at your home with all the necessary materials. This service can be booked online and the pandith will come to your home or you can connect Pandith in online also on the specified date and time to perform the ceremony.