Akshara Abhyasam
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

Kalasam 1
Saffron,Cloves,Cardamom and Paccha Karpooram Small Quantities for Kalasam
Mango Leaves ( If available) 1 bunch
Deepam ( Lamps) 1
Bell 1