school of tradition
first letters written in rice
guided by His grace
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Shared @ Haiku Heights (Prompt #59, Write, September’s Height of Haiku Challenge) and Sensational Haiku Wednesday (Prompt #114, School).
Vidyarambham, a Hindu tradition in origin, but one that is now followed across all castes and religions in India, is where children between two and three years old are formally initiated into the characters of the syllabary.
The ceremony of Vidyarambham (Vidya means “knowledge” , arambham means “beginning’) for the children is held on Vijayadashami (the last day of Navaratri) day. On that day thousands of people arrive at the temple to initiate learning to their children.
Initiation into the world of syllabary usually begins with the writing of the mantra “Om hari sri ganapataye namah”. Hari refers to the Lord, Sri to prosperity. Initially, the mantra is written on sand or in a tray of rice grains. Then, the master would write the mantra on the child’s tongue with gold. Writing on sand denotes practice. Writing on grains denotes the acquisition of knowledge, which leads to prosperity. Writing on the tongue with gold invokes the grace of the Goddess of Learning, by which one attains the wealth of true knowledge.
© Leo (31st August, 2011)