Mangalore, October 4: Under the guidance of the Vedic priest, Ganesh Achar; a special pooja and “Aksharabhyasa” program was organized by Kalkura Foundation in the wake of the Navratri Vijaya Dashami festival at Pradeep Kumar Kalkura’s residence in Kadri on Saturday morning, October 4th.
On this occasion, Kannada Sahitya Parishad president-Pradeep Kumar Kalkura, Sudhakar Pejavara, Kannada Sahitya Parishat former president Harikrishna Punaroor, journalist Kadri Navaneeth Shetty and others were present.
Vedic priest Ganesh Achar, was felicitated on the occasion, by Pradeep Kumar Kalkura couple. “Aksarabhyasa” program for children took place by making the children to write alphabets in the rice placed.
Massive “Aksharabhyasa” to children at Kollur Shri Mookambika Temple:
Kundapur: The massive “Aksharabhayas “ program was held grandly at teh renowned Sanctum Kollur Shree Mookambika temple on the day of Vijayadashami.
During the Navratri celebrations, thousands of devotees throng at the temple from Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra, to perform pooja and Vidyarambha to children with devotion and faith.
Kollur Sri Mookambika Temple,in Kundapur is a holy shrine empowered by the fusion of Shiva and Shakthis. It is a perfect place for “Aksharabhyasa” program which will be held on the day of vijaya dashami.Thousands of devotees from Karnataka, and Kerala on the day of Vijayadashami visit Mookambika temple for the long tradition of conducting Aksharabhyasa to their children. The first Aksharabhyasa to the children will be done in front of the Sarada Devi’s statue. On the tongue, of the child using a piece of dehydrated turmeric, “Om” is written. Post this, the parents of children holding their child’s hand; make the child to inscribe “Om kara and Ganeshayanamaha” and their language, alphabets, Numbers, etc., on the rice placed. After this, a gold ring will be touched to the child’s tongue. According to mythology, it is a belief that the goddess Saraswathi resides on the tongue of the child and children’s academic life will be good.
Thousands of devotees come to aksarabhyasa in a large number from Kerala, to this shrine. Ii is also said that, due to the blessings of the Mookambiak godess; in terms of education, Kerala is topping. Vijayadashami is suitable for all beginning, so special emphasis has been given for on vidyarambha.
Annually, thousands of devotees on this day begin waiting in the queue from 3a.m in the morning for vidyarambha, this process goes on until 1.30p.m in the afternoon. Nowhere else except for Sharadamba shrine in Shringeri, this place is specialized in the field of Aksharabhyasa.
Initial Rice Administration:
The “Hostu” festival is celebrated in the Kollur area on the day of Dashami according to the practice. The “Kadiru Pooja” will be held in the presence of the goddess by afternoon, after which the distribution of the Kadiru(Newly harvested Paddy) will be distributed to the locals. Hostu will be observed in all the households of Kollur on the same day in which Hostu is celebrated in the temple.
Vidyarambha process is taking place year, and over 2, 000 childrenare expected to participate. It is religious beliefs of the people that, insuring vidhyarambha in this shrine ensure a bright future for the children.