From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia
By Swami Harshananda
Ekāṣtaka literally means ‘The eighth day par excellence’.
Performance of certain rites for the benefit of departed ancestors has been an ancient custom. The Ekāṣṭkā rite is one such rite. It is performed on the 8th day of the dark fortnight, especially in the month of Māgha (January-February).
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore