Saturday, 28 September 2019

The Dakshina Mookambika Temple in North Paravur, Kerala -''Vidyaraṃbhaṃ''is famous during Navaratri festival

Dakshina Mookambika Temple in  North Paravur, Kerala  ustdial.com
Dakshina Mookambika Temple in  North Paravur,Kerala  justdial.com/
The Dakshina Mookambika Temple in  North Paravur town, Ernakulam district of Kerala is yet another popular temple to conduct Vidyaraṃbhaṃ ceremony for small kids who are to be initiated into learning - education, music, etc. Here, the main deity is   Saraswati, Goddess of knowledge and the consort of Good Brahma (trinity god of creator) according to the Hindu mythology. A striking feature in this temple is  sanctum-Srikovil which is in the middle of a lotus pool- temple tank  Besides several sub-deities, there is a shrine devoted to Yakshi in this temple.
Dakshina_Mookambika_Temple,_North_Paravur, Kerala en.wikipedia.org

The legend has it the ruler of this place  Thampuran  of Paravur, being an ardent devotee of Goddess Mookambika. never failed to make his annual pilgrimage to the Kollur temple near Mangalore, now in Karnataka. Having become frail and old, he found it difficult to make his annual visit to the Kollur temple. Crest-fallen, he stoically regretted his helplessness.  The goddess, being compassionate as she was, appeared  in a dream and advised  him to have a temple  built  and consecrated her  idol near his palace.  This would help him have daily darshan of her. Accordingly, Thampuran had a temple  built at Paravur and installed the Goddess as per temple Sastras.

Among the Hindu festivals, here the nine-day Navaratri festival is held on a grand scale with passion and piety. During the Navaratri celebration one can feel the religious fervor here among the devotees and  lots of people get involved in  the music festival. On the day of  ''Durgashtami'', school/college books are stacked before the image of Goddess Saraswathy by the students so that they will   pass the exams with flying colors. On Vijayadashami day in the  morning, Vidyaraṃbhaṃ (''Ezhuthinirithu''in Malayalam; in Tamil mudal ezhuthu)) ceremony takes place in  a special mandapam. The ritual will go from 4 am to 11 am under the guidance of Gurus or priests. Thousands of little children - aged 3 to 5 are introduced to the  world of letters by making them write the word ''Harisree'' on rice and sand;guru will write the mantra on the kid's  tongue with a golden ring. Conducting this ceremony on the temple premises implies invocation of gods - Ganapati and Vishnu, and goddess Saraswati so that the children will be blessed by the almighty  and their difficult academic journey will be a successful one.
The other festival a"ten-day annual event" comes  in the month of Makaram (January–February) and it attracts lots of devotees who visit the temple to have their wish fulfilled. 

 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dakshina_Mookambika_Temple,_North_Paravur