Aksharaaabhyasam or Akshara abhyaasam or Vidyaarambham is a traditional religious function in which the child is given initiation of education so that the child is ready to receive formal education. This ritual involves Goddess Saraswati puja.
Aksharabhyasam is the moment of any child's life where he or she is initiated into the realm of knowledge. In the Hindu tradition the Aksharabhyasam or Vidyarambam is observed on Vijayadashami day mainly in Kerala and Karnataka, where children are formally introduced to knowledge formally; it could be the beginning of knowledge or an extension of knowledge such as music, dance and other art.
The main ceremony is the aksharabhyasam, which is done by the temple priest, by writing the holy Om or Harishree on the tongue of the child.