Ashoka Sashti Vrata is observed on the sixth day in bright half (Shukla Paksha) of Chaitra Month. In 2018, Ashoka Sashti date is March 23.
As the name indicates ‘Ashoka Tree’ (botanical name: Saraca asoca) is worshipped on this day.
Ashoka Sashti is also associated with Lord Kamadev (Manmatha). This vrata is also celebrated as Neel Sashti Vrat. The marriage ceremony of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati is celebrated on this day in Bengal.
Ashoka Sashti is also known as Arka Sashti, Kumara Sashti & Skanda Damana Puja (Skanda Damanaropana Puja).
In 2017, Ashoka Sashti date was April 2.