Vidyarambham for Children – Virtual

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Due to the COVID19 pandemic situation, our Temple is offering Virtual Vidyãrambham for Children Online to perform from home during Šri Devi Navãratri Mahotsavam.

Vijaya Dašami, commemorates the triumphant victory of divine knowledge over ignorance, of goodness over evil.  On this auspicious day, also known as Vidhyãrambham (beginning of education), children are initiated into learning.

The Virtual Vidyãrambham for Children Online will be conducted using Zoom Meeting as follows:

Date: October 25, 2020 (Sunday) – at 6:00 p.m. (EST) 
Fee: $25.00 per child 

Prior registration is required to participate. Scroll below and click ‘add to cart’ option.

Zoom meeting ID and password will be emailed to registered participants on October 24, 2020 (Saturday).

For complete info during  Šri Devi Navãratri please see: nyganeshtemple.org/navaratri2020

Last date for pooja items pickup:

October 24, 2020 (Saturday) – Parents who wish to pick up Ganeša & Saraswati picture and notebook (with pencil) may come to the Temple or make their own arrangement to acquire the same locally.

Last date for registration to participate:

October 24, 2020 (Saturday) – at 5:00 pm – No registrations will be allowed after this, no exceptions!

Internet and Computer Requirements:

This is an online program and therefore, you’ll be required to have a reliable Internet connection and a suitable device such as a PC, laptop or tablet. Cell phones may not be suitable to take this program. The Vidyãrambham will be offered via Zoom Meeting.

Please check your Internet and computer requirements at: https://zoom.us/test before registering for this program.

Also, please prepare for the Vidyãrambham as detailed below. The participants may not be able to ask questions during the online Vidyãrambham.

Preparing for Virtual Vidyãrambham for Children

Prepare yourself before commencement :

Parents should help in preparing their child before commencement of the Vidyãrambham and monitor them till the end.

Please login to Zoom meeting at 5:45 p.m. on October 25, 2020 (Sunday) and wait to be admitted into the meeting. This may take up to 10 minutes!

Since there is only one virtual session, please login on time. The Virtual Vidyãrambham will start at 6:00 p.m. (EST) for those who have already logged in.

Total time duration for ritual is approximately 20 minutes.

The Virtual Vidyãrambham by Children will be conducted by our Temple Priest and assisted by a Technical Admin.

How to participate in Virtual Vidyãrambham for Children?

Parents who wish to pick up Ganeša & Saraswati picture and notebook (with pencil) may come to the Temple no later than October 24, 2020 (Saturday)

As per one’s family tradition, wear a neatly washed cotton or silk dress.

Wear/smear the Basma / Sri-churnam / Tripundram according to one’s family tradition and practices.

Keep the following items ready:

  • Ganeša & Saraswati picture or vigraha
  • A ruled notebook and pencil or pen
  • (Parents may pick up the two items above from the Temple Counter)
  • Silver, Brass, Copper, Stainless Steel Plate
  • Akshata (raw rice)
  • Flowers
  • Light a Lamp or Candle (by parent only) and placed appropriately on the altar / pooja mantap
  • Any offering / naivedyam – fruits or dry fruits

Sit comfortably on the floor and keep your laptop or computer monitor in front of you with adequate audio level. (Try to play some music and check the audio levels BEFORE logging into the meeting!)

If you have difficulties sitting on the floor, you may sit on a raised seat or a chair.

Religious ritual – step by step procedures:

Please follow the instructions that will be given while Vidyãrambham is live streamed from the Temple.
1. Invocation Prayer
2. Sankalpa
3. Prayer to Sri Maha Ganapati, Sri Saraswati
4. Ashtottara Sata Nama Archana
5. Upachara (honoring)
6. Offer of Naivedyam (food offering)
7. Harati
8.Commencement of Vidya (studies), pray Lord Ganesa, Goddess Saraswati & Guru (teacher). Parents to guide children in writing following names of the God (at least three times each) and reading them:
OM SRI GURUBHYO NAMAHA
OM SRI MAHA VALLABHA GANAPATAYE NAMAHA
OM SRI SARASWATYAI NAMAHA
9. Closing Prayer & Namaskara / prostration

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