This time there was hectic activity at the official residence of Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan who made 61 children help write their first letters in various languages.
Over the years this event on Vijayadashami has gonedrastic changes with Christian churches and at times the initiation event taking place in Mosques too.
On this day eminent litterateurs,teachers and of late even politicians, hold the hands of thetinytotsand help them write Malayalamletterson a plate of rice.
On Tuesday, among those who turned up to take the role of teachers included master filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan, vice chancellors, senior temple priests. Using a gold ring the ‘teacher’ writes a Malayalam word on the tongue of the child. While the Hindu children write ‘Hari Sree Ganapathaye Namaha’, Christian’s write ‘Sree Yesu Mishihaye Namaha’.
The maximum crowd isexpected at the Thunachan Paramabu near Trissur which is considered as the home of Malayalam literature Thunchathu Ezhuthachan wheremore than 5,000 children assemble coming from distant places and patiently waiting for their turns.
The Panchikadu temple in Kottayam district is another place where maximum kids turn up with their parents.