Vijaya Dashmi and Dussehra celebrations have gripped the country completely. While India witnesses various observances on this day, the core essence of the festival remains the same. The celebrations mark the victory of good over evil. On Vijayadashami, a tradition called 'Ezhuthiniruthu' is observed.  As per the ritual toddlers, children aged around two or three are introduced to writing. Ezhuthiniruthu is a combination of two Malayalam words Ezhuthin and iruthu which means the 'beginning of writing'. The tradition is also known as Vijayadashami Vidyarambham. Kerala MP Shashi Tharoor often initiates children to education on Vijayadashami. He took to Twitter sharing pictures of Vidyarambham where he is seen making young children write into a plate of rice. Happy Dussehra 2019 Greetings: WhatsApp Stickers, Ravan Dahan Photos, Dasara GIF Images, SMS, Messages & Greetings to Wish on Vijayadashami.

On this day, people take their babies to temples, schools or cultural centres where they are held by their hands and made to write in a plate of rice. In Tamil Nadu, it is called  Mudhal Ezhathu while in Odisha it is known as Khadi Chuan. As Vijayadashmi is dedicated to Goddess Saraswati, the deity of wisdom, education and knowledge, the ritual is performed on this day. Elderly priests at temples often conduct the ceremonies in schools. On the occasion, prominent figures, writers and teachers and introduce children to the first letters of learning.

Shashi Tharoor Shares Vidyarambham Pictures:

Vijayadashami day is the tenth and final day of the Navratri celebrations. The day is considered auspicious for the beginning of learning and education. People also observe Ayudha Puja on this day. People often meet their teachers and give them Gurudakshina (an acknowledge through to teacher through gifts) on this day as a mark of respect to them.

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