Prathama-Astami : Rite of life and prosperity

Prathamastami is a rite and odia festival is observed in every odia family all over Odisha state. For the life and prosperity of the eldest child who is offered a lighted lamp ovation by the senior female relatives followed by elaborate rituals during which the Mantras are recited. The celebration falls on the dark half eighth day on Ashtami tithi of the month of Margashir after the eight days of Kartik Purnima. The ritual involves Aarathi of the eldest child by mother, and relatives in which the maternal uncle sends the new clothes and puja items necessary for the ritual. Lord Ganesha, Maa Shashti devi and the family deity are worshipped. The main delicacy of the day is Enduri Pitha.

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