Aksharabhyasam, Vidyarambham or Akshara Sweekaram (Akshara Srikaram, Ezhuthiniruthu), is a Hindu rituals observed for initiating children into education and the world of alphabets.
‘Om Hari Sri Ganapathaye Namah’ is the vidyarambham mantra written on sand or on rice and the child writes the mantra again and again for five times. The Brahmin writes the mantra on childs tongue with small gold stick.
Writing on grains or on rice represents the progressive learning ability of the child. Writing on sand indicates the hard work and efficiency of the child. Writing the mantra on tongue represents the blessings of Goddess of learning, Goddess Saraswati. By the mercy and the blessings of Goddess Saraswati Devi provide us the wealth and prosperity, hence the letters or the mantras are written on tongue with gold.
Basar Gnana Saraswati Temple and Vargal Vidya Saraswati Temple in Andhra Pradesh, Kollur Mookambika Temple and Srungeri Sharada Temple in Karnataka, Kottayam Saraswati Temple in Kerala & Kuthanur Saraswati Ambal Temple in Tamil Nadu are the most popular venues for Aksharabhyasam ritual in South India.
As every auspicious work need to be started during good time or muhurat, Aksharabhyasam also need good and auspicious time to perform. Vasanta Panchami Saraswati Puja, Ugadi (Gudi Padwa, Chaitra Pratipada), Shravan Purnima, Vijaya Dashami, etc. are the best muhurtams for this Hindu ritual for children.
Here are some good muhurthams for Vidyarambham or Aksharabhyasam in 2015..
Auspicious days for Akshara Abhyasam in January 2015
2 January 2015, Friday, Tryodasi Rohini Nakshatra, Kumbha Lagna, Auspicious Time – 10.23 AM
VASANTA PANCHAMI SARASWATI POOJA – AUSPICIOUS FOR AKSHARABHYASAM – 24 JANUARY 2015.
Auspicious days for Akshara Abhyasam in February 2015
7 February 2015, Saturday, Tritiya (Tadiya), Uttara Nakshatra, Mesha Lagna, Auspicious Time – 10.26 AM
11 February 2015, Wednesday, Saptami, Swati Nakshatra, Mesha Lagna, Auspicious Time – 11.09 AM
Auspicious days for Akshara Abhyasam in March 2015
15 March 2015,, Sunday, Dashami, Purvashada Nakshatram, Vrishabha Lagna, Auspicious Time – 10.28 AM