Akshay Shashti (Akkhay Shasthi) is an auspicious vrata observed in Bengal. It is observed in Bhadra Month as per Hindu traditional calendar. In 2014, Akshay Shashti date is August 31.
Akshay Shashti Shashti falls on the Shashti in Shukla Paksha of Bhadrapada Month, the second day after the Ganesh Festival (Ganesh Chaturthi).
Lord Shiva, Goddess Lakshmi, Vishnu and Surya Bhagavan (Sun God) are worshipped on this day. The major benefit or the merit of this vrata is better health and prosperity.
In many places it is also observed as Charpar Shashti / Charpada Shasthi, Manthan Shasthi / Surya Shashti.
In 2013, Akshay Shashti date was September 11.