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Athmaasa (Eight Month of Conception)

When the girl enters the eighth month of her conception, the Athmaasa ceremony is performed to ensure the safety of the child in the moment. Relatives assemble at the girl's residence and pray to the family deity for the safe delivery and they go to the temple of their Istyadeva (favourite deity) to seek his blessings. This is an occasion for night-long music session and the most interesting part of this ceremony is that the expectant girl is treated as the queen of the family. She is invited to lavish dinners by relatives and she is the virtual heroine of the community for at least one month.