Akshara Abhyasam Print E-mail

Starting Literacy. This is a minor ritual done around the three-year period. The father holds the child's right hand and, to the chanting of priests who asks God's blessings, he helps the child trace the alphabet on a plate of rice with a golden ring. The child is thus initiated into study. The first letter traced is usually "Om" which is the symbol for God and true knowledge in India. Prayers are offered to Ganesha, who removes obstacles, to Saraswathi, the Goddess of learning, and to the Kula Devatha, the family deity who protects the entire family.

Akshara Abhyasam

Item

Quantity

Turmeric powder

Small Packet

Kumkum

Small Packet

Betel leaves

1 Packet

Betel nuts

2

Sandal wood powder

Small Packet

Flowers

1 Bouquet

Fruits any variety

Few of each  

Coconuts

2

Agarbhathi

1 Packet

Rice

1 pound

Quarters

10

Notebook,pencil/ pen/ slate, black/ white chalk piece

 1

Tray for Rice

  1

Naivedyam

 Any Payasam/ Kheer

 

For Puja at home, the following in  addition to the above

 

Pancha Patram and Udharani or

Unused Cup and spoon

1

Kalasam

1

Saffron,Cloves,Cardamom and Paccha Karpooram

Small Quantities for Kalasam

Mango Leaves ( If available)

1 bunch

Deepam ( Lamps)

1

Bell

1

 
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