Vidyarambham in churches: Is that a new thing?
- Recently i have gone through a news on Vidyarambam in the TVM Orthodox
Church. According to that report this is the first time that Vidyarambam
is done in a Christian Church. But as far as I know Vidyarambam in
Christian churches is not a new thing. It is already in practice in
many churches in Kerala. I know about the ezhuthiniruthu in the
Perumpally church of the Jacobites in Mulanthuruthy and also at the
nearby famous kurishumthotti of the same church dedicated to Parumala
Thirumeni which is a regular practice observed for many years now. It is
an old Indian custom followed by many christian churches for so many years
So I wonder why so much media hype given to these customs nowadays. Is this
just a marketing gimmick of the 21st century? It is true that a Christian
must not consider any day better than other, but such practices, knowing or
unknowingly are observed by almost all the Christian sects for centuries.
Take for example Rahu and kethu. Christians are against observing such
practices, but at the same time these very Christians look for Rahu etc,
particularly during marriages. Even Pentecost church memebers who criticize
the episcopal churches for everything observes it. But at the same time it
is true that it does not justify the Christian spirit.
T M Chacko