Hundreds of parents who came with children to Aksharabhyasams were disappointed on Saturday by the lack of permission for Aksharabhyasams at the premises of the Gnana Saraswati Temple on Ring Road in Vizianagaram. Government orders limited the presence of large numbers of worshipers in temples.
The government has reportedly ordered all temples not to allow special prayers as it could lead to the spread of Covid-19. In a state of helplessness, the temple authorities canceled Aksharabhyasams the day of Vasanta Panchami which is considered as the most auspicious day for the initiation into the education of children.
Normally 3000 families from different parts of North Andhra region and Odisha come to Gnana Saraswati Devi temple for Aksharabhyasams as it is considered to be the greatest temple of Goddess Saraswati in Andhra Pradesh. With the denial of permission, many parents performed Aksharabhyasams at the entrance and nearby premises.
Normally, priests help children in the initiation of education while invoking divine blessings for them with special prayers and chanting Vedic slokas.
Without the support of the priests, the parents themselves accomplished the task by downloading slokas to their mobile phones. In fact, the temple authorities informed of the cancellation of Aksharabhyasams This year.
However, many relatives from remote areas did not know the information and came to the temple in the early morning. However, temple authorities allowed darshan of Goddess Saraswati while urging devotees to follow Covid-19 protocol, including maintaining social distancing and wearing masks.
A temple official said he was also disappointed with the government rule for temples while allowing all activities including shopping, film screenings and commotions from various organizations including employees.