Ashok Ashtami, or Ashokashtami, is a unique ritual associated with Goddess Shakti and Lord Shiva and is observed on the eighth day during the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Chaitra month. Ashok Ashtami 2017 date is April 4. The day is of great significance in Orissa and in some Southern states of
. It is also held during Navratri in Ashwin month, in 2016 it is on Sept 23. India
It is believed that Lord Ram performed Ashoka Ashtami rituals before beginning the final assault on Ravana.
Ashokashtami is an important observance at the famous
Lingaraj Temple in in Orissa. Bhubaneswar
The ritual is dedicated to propitiate Goddess Shakti to win her favor.
You can find more details of Ashok Ashtami in this article.