Bhubaneswar: The unique Odia festival where first born children are blessed with special rituals, Prathamashtami, has been observed across the state today. ‘Enduri’ pitha prepared on this occasion has led to high demand of turmeric leaves.
The first born of the family wear new clothes, blessed by the parents and other elders and treated with the special variety of steamed cake ‘Enduri’, made with the turmeric leaves, called ‘ haldi patra’ in Odia.
The festival is more popular among children who dress up for the occasion and wear ‘tipas’ or dots of vermilion and sandalwood on the forehead. They are given marigold garlands and honored with special prayers or ‘bandapana’ locally.