Ashokastami is one of the important festivals dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Shakti, the mother Goddess. Ashokastami is celebrated in Eastern India State, mainly in Odisha and West Bengal. Ashoka means the one who removes and protects from hurdles, obstacles and sorrw. Ashokastami is also known as Bhavani Ashtami. On the day of Chaitra Shukla Astami, Goddess Bhavani is Worshiped as one of the Goddess of Durga Navaratri. Ashokastami is celebrated on the eight day of the first half of the Chaitra Month, which falls between March and April.
According to the Hindu sacred texts and puranas, Lord Sri ram preformed the Ashok Astami puja in order to slay demon Ravana. The myth says that Lord Sri Ram was unable to demolish Ravana as he was being saved by the mother Goddess Shakti. Ashokastami is the day when Lord Sri Ramachandara got rid of sorrow by the blessing of Lord Shiva and the Mother Goddess Shakti. Bibhishana the brother of Ravana, devotee of Lord Sri Ram, advised Lord Ram to observe the rituals dedicated to the mother Goddess and Lord Shiva for seven consecutive days. Lord Ram did as Bibhishana told and blessed with the Goddess Shakti divine energy. He demolished Ravana on the eight day.