Vidyarambham is one of the main rituals during Durga Navaratri in Kerala. In Kerala, it is the only festival where people of all castes and religions unite together. It is celebrated as a grand event in Thunchan Memorial Trust at Tirur. In 2012, Vidyarambham festival is celebrated for five days, till October 24.
Arrangements are being made at the Thunchan Memorial at Tirur to celebrate the “vidyarambham festival”, in which children will be initiated into the world of learning. In 2012, the festival will be from October 20 to October 24. The event is being organised by the Thunchan Memorial Trust in association with the South Indian Cultural Centre in Tanjavur. Eminent writers, including M.T. Vasudevan Nair, chairman of the Thunchan Memorial Trust, would lead the ceremonies.
Thunchan Parambu, venue of the vidyarambham festival at Tirur in Malappuram, is among the most preferred destinations for parents who want their children to be initiated into the world of learning, as the memorial is in memory of Thunchathu Ezhuthachan, who is regarded as the father of Malayalam literature. Vidyarambham kalotsavam” will be inaugurated on October 20.
The central idea of the ever expdnaing universe, as ‘I’ made it out of the ‘Hindu’ mythological stories etc, is that just as apparent knowledge is growing with time thanks to gurus in different fields of human activities at different times with the passage of time, also as, in Mahabharat, the then ‘expert archer’, Arjun, had Dronacharya, and many other advisors as his gurus. But, he eventually needed advice from ‘Krishna’ (whose most evolved form is Shiva the immortal) to go ahead of his gurus also! Personally also as a reflection of it, as a child ‘I’ used to feel sorry for my teachers in the School who continued to remain in the same class, whereas we the students progressed from one to the higher class! To cite a personal example, for three years from class 9 to 11 we had a popular teacher who taught us Physics…Many years later, thanks to ‘chance’ or ‘design’, ‘I’ happened to meet him in the clinic of our family doctor. ‘I’ wished him and asked if he recognised me. The modest teacher told me that he was glad that ‘I’ had recognised him! ‘I’ was therefore impressed by the modesty of Isaac Newton also as he reportedly compared his findings as shiny pebbles etc found on the seashore with the consciousness that the whole sea of knowledge remained yet to be found (and coincidentally, the Yogis called the Formless God as ‘Supreme Knowledge’ also!)