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Ashoka Sashti

Ashoka Sashti is observed in the Chaitra Month especially in Bengal and eastern parts of India. Ashoka Sashti 2018 date is March 23. Shasti or Shashti is the sixty day of a fortnight in a Hindu lunar calendar.

Ashoka Sashti is observed on the sixth day during the waxing phase of moon or Shukla Paksha. The flower buds of the Ashoka tree are consumed on the day by people.


Ashoka tree is seen as a symbol of love and is also associated with the Kamdev, the Hindu God of love.

On the same day, Skanda Sashti is observed in Gaya and Surya Sashti is observed in North India.

The name Ashoka means that which removes grief from heart.

The tree is a symbol of love. It is also a symbol of chastity because Mata Sita survived in a garden of Ashoka Tree in Lanka as Ravana's prisoner.