Ashokastami or Ashok Ashtami festival is observed on Chaitra Shukla Ashtami day on which Durgashtami is also observed during Basant Navratri. In 2017, Ashokastami date is April 4.
This festival is mainly celebrated in Orissa, Bengal, Tripura and some other parts of Eastern India.
Ashokastami festival is celebrated with utmost gaiety and much pomp in Tripura and Orissa. In Bhubaneswar Lingaraj Temple and Puri Loknath Temple, the festival marks the grand celebrations. On this day, Lingaraj Rathyatra is held in Bhubaneswar.
Lord Bhandar Loknath is taken in a procession to Isaneswar Mahadev to perform ritual ceremonies. In Tripura, at Unakoti Theertha near Kailashahar Ashokastami Jatra or a fair is organized.
Panchang, Ashokashtami – 4 April 2017
Suryodayam (Sunrise) 06:20 Suryastamaya (Sunset) 18:39
Chandrodayam (Moonrise) 12:33 Chandrastama (Moonset) 26:07
Paksha (Fortnight) Krishna Paksha
Tithi (Lunar Day) Ashtami – 11:20
Nakshatra Punarvasu – 23:12
Yoga Atiganda – 16:03
Karana Balava – 22:38
Purnimanta Month Chaitra
Amavasyanta Month Chaitra
Shaka Samvatsara: Hevilambi
Vikram Samvat Varsha: Sadharana
Rahu Kalam: 15:34 – 17:07
Gulika Kalam: 12:30 – 14:02
Yama Gandam: 09:25 – 10:57
Ravi Rashi (Sun Sign) Meena
Chandra Rashi (Moon Sign) Mithuna – 17:21:38
Amrita Kalam 20:53 – 22:25
Abhijit: 12:05 – 12:54
Time to Avoid
Varjyam Kalam 11:36 – 13:09
Durmuhurthams: 23:19 – 24:06*