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Also called Bhairava Ashtami, Saubhagini Ashtami, Paap-nashini Ashtami
Date Margashira Krishna Ashtami
2014 date 15 November (Saturday)
2015 date 3 December (Thursday) [1]
Frequency annual

Prathamastami is a rite is held in Odisha, India, 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 - Ashtami - of the month of Margashirsha according to the Purnimanta calendar followed in North India, occurring after the eight day of Kartik Purnima. The ritual involves Aarathi of the eldest child by mother and relatives in which the maternal uncle sends the items necessary for the ritual, and Ganesha, Shashti devi and the family deity are worshipped. The main delicacy of the day is Enduri Pitha.[2]

This day is also known as Saubhagini Ashtami, Kaal Bhairav Ashtami and Paap-nashini Ashtami.[3]


  1. ^ "Saptami, Margashirsha, Krishna Paksha". DrikPanchang. Retrieved 2 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Orissa profile
  3. ^ J Mohapatra (December 2013). Wellness In Indian Festivals & Rituals. Partridge Pub. pp. 166–167. ISBN 978-1-4828-1690-7.