About Prathamashtami & Celebration:
Prathamashtami is one of the most popular festivals of Odisha, peculiar to the region. This festival celebrated on the eighth day in the month of Margasira (NovemberDecember) and is one of the most popular festivals of Orissa.
This is widely observed throughout the State.On this occasion the eldest child of the family is honoured. He or she is given new clothes and is made to sit on a wooden pedestal (Pidha). In front of him/her an earthen pot full of water (Purna Kumbha) is placed on handfuls of paddy. Above it a branch of mango leaves and a coconut is placed. Then, the mother or any other elderly lady wishes him /her long-life and good health by praying Sathi Debi, the Goddess who protects children from all kinds of evils. The main delicacy of the day is Enduri Pitha.
Rituals of Prathamastami:
Before the first-born get honored the mother and all other elderly women of the family offer all the prepared cuisine (Pitha and Khiri) to Sathi Devi first. Then they light the lamp (Arati with Dwipa) before the Goddess. Followed by this the first-borns get honored.
Special eyes Enduri Pitha on this festival :
A special variety of cake (Pitha) is prepared on this occasion called ‘Enduri’. The cake is offered to the Goddess of Sathi and then taken by all the members of the family. Besides, other cakes like Haladi Patra Pitha, Khiri (a delicious sweet dish), etc. are also prepared on this festival by the women folk of the family. In the temple of Lingaraj at Bhubaneswar, the festival is observed with great devotion. On this day the representative deity of Lingaraj, “Chandrasekhara” is taken out in a temple