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Lalita Shasti – Lalitha Sashti

Lalita Shasti is festival associated with the Vaishnava Sect and is dedicated to one of Gopis of Vrindavan. In 2017, the date of Lalita Shasti is August 27. 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.