Aksharabhyasam is a significant tradition of Hindus which is observed on the day of ‘Vijayadashami’ during ‘Kanni’, the Malayalam month. The ceremony is even termed as ‘Ezhuthiniruthu’ in the states of southern India such as Kerala and Karnataka. In this Mookambika temple Vidyarambham ritual, young children of age between 3 to 5 years are introduced to the world of knowledge, dance, music, as well as some forms of folk arts. Kollur Mookambika temple Vidyarambham timings are the tenth and final day of Navratri celebrations. This ritual is regarded to be a significant day to initiate the process of learning, particularly in young children. Apart from celebrating Vidyarambham at Mookambika temple, it is even performed in other temples as well as in some households. However, the entire process of initiation along with learning is linked closely to the ritual ‘Ayudha Puja‘. As per the beliefs, on this day of Vidyarambham Devi Saraswati, the Goddess of wisdom and knowledge and teachers or Gurus should be rendered ‘Gurudakshina’ as an emblem of Thanksgiving.
Akshara means 'letters / alphabets' and Abhyasam means 'practice'. Together they mean "the study of practical letters". The ceremony is performed by the maternal uncle (Mothers brothers)/ Father/ Paternal Uncle along with the family keeping the child in his lap holding the child’s right hand forefinger and make the child write the Om followed by the panchaakshari mantra 'Namah Shivayaah'.