Ashoka Ashtami is an auspicious Hindu festival celebrated with great fervour in India. This festival is devoted to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. According to the Hindu calendar, Ashoka Ashtami is observed on the ‘Ashtami’ (8th day) during the Shukla Paksha (the waxing phase of moon) in the month of ‘Chaitra’. It falls during the propitious ‘Chaitra Navratri’ festival. In the Gregorian calendar this date corresponds to the months of March to April. Ashoka Ashtami is observed as a car festival in Orissa and other eastern regions of India. It is held that Lord Rama completed the Ashoka Ashtami rituals before starting the final attack on Ravana. It is celebrated in a grand manner in the Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneswar and the festivities last for a period of seven days. This day also holds great significance in some of the southern states of India. Ashoka Ashtami is a festival that marks the triumph of good over evil.