Vidyarambham or Ezhuthiniruthu is one of the main rituals observed during Durga Navaratri Pooja in Kerala. In 2016, Vidyarambham date is October 11.
Vidyarambham puja is performed on Vijaya Dashami day which falls in the Malayalam month of Thulam Month / Kanni masam.
On Vijaya Dashami day in Kerala children between two and three or five years old are initiated into the world of knowledge with Vidyarambham pooja. Vidyarambham means ‘initiation of knowledge gaining.
After Vidyarambham puja, slates and other stationary items are distributed by the child who has done with Vidyarambham to some other children. The distribution of the items varies from place to place. In Kerala, Vidyarambham or Ezhuthiniruthu is performed by the people irrespective of their caste and religion.
Ezhuthiniruthu is the grand celebration in Panachikkada Saraswathi temple in kottayam Thiruvullakkavu in Thrissur and the Mookambika Temple Vadakkan Paravur Temple in Ernakulam district of Kerala.