Lalita Shasti is festival associated with the Vaishnava Sect and is dedicated to one of Gopis of Vrindavan. In 2012, the date of Lalita Shasti is September 21. Lalitha was one of the best friends of Radha. She constantly features among the eight Gopis associated with
Krishna and Radha. Lalita Sashti is observed on the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon in Bhadrapad month.
Scholars are of the view that Lalitha who was elder to Radha was a witness to the love of Radha and
Krishna. She is also described as hot-tempered.
This festival is mainly observed by ISKCON devotees. Lalita Ashtaka is chanted on the day by devotees.