Ashokastami Festival is one such event that is celebrated with great enthusiasm and fervour. This auspicious Hindu festival falls on the 8th day (‘Ashtami’) of Shukla Paksha (moon in waxing phase) in the ‘Chaitra’ month. As per the Gregorian calendar, this date falls ion either March or April. The festival also falls during the ‘Chaitra Navratri’ festival. It is dedicated to Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva.
Ashokastami Festival is celebrated as a car festival in eastern regions of the country and also in Orissa. It is also celebrated in a grand manner in Bhubaneswar’s Lingaraj temple. Ashokastami Festival also holds a huge significance in the country’s southern regions. This festival also marks the victory of good over evil.
It is believed that on Ashoka Ashtami Lord Rama performed Ashoka Ashtami rituals before beginning his attack on Ravana and emerged victorious. This is the main significance of the Ashokastami Festival.
Worship of Shakti. Goddess Shakti is the main deity of Ashokastami Festival. This day is devoted to worship of the divine goddess. Many devotees seek Her blessing to lead a prosperous and happy life.
Orissa Rath Yatra. Ashokastami Festival is centered around Lord Lingaraj. On this day, Lord Lingaraj’s representative deity, Chandrashekhar, is taken out on a car. The decorated chariot is taken to Rameswara temple. Thousands of devotees from all over India come here to witness the grand event. This rath yatra is a very popular event in Orissa.
Religious fairs. A number of fairs are held on the event. The Ashokastami Festival is organised at Unakoti Tirtha of Kailashahar, Tripura. People also offer special pujas to engraved gods images on rocks. People not only from Orrisa but also from neighbourhood states attend the Ashoka Ashtami Fair.
The best place to observe Ashokastami Festival is Unakoti in Tripura. It is a serene district in the state. The district is located at a distance of 2,303, 3,373, 3,149, 1,427 km from Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, and Kolkata respectively. Here are the three modes of transport via which you can reach the festival location.
By Air. The nearest airport to Unakoti is Agartala airport. It is also known as Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport. Built in 1942, this airport is now North East India’s second busiest airport. It is under the administration of AAI (Airports Authority of India). After deboarding, you can take public transport to the fair.
By Train. The nearest railway station to the festival location is Agartala Railway Station. It was built in 2008 and was also rebuilt in 2016. After Guwahati, this was the second railway station in the north-eastern India which is connected to the Indian railways. From the station, you can take public transport to reach the Ashokastami Festival location. Here is how you can reach Unakoti via rail network.
By Road. If you live nearby, you can also choose the road route. Here is road route information. You can drive your own car or hire a cab or taxi.
01 April 2020
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