Lalita Panchami has an important place in Hinduism. Lalita Panchami is celebrated on the fifth day of the shukla paksha in the Ashwin month of the Hindu calendar. The festival of Lalita Panchami is dedicated to Goddess Lalita. Goddess Lalita is believed to be an incarnation of Goddess Durga or Shakti and Lalita Panchami is therefore celebrated during the nine-day Navratri festival, which falls on the fifth day.
Fasting is observed on this day in honor of Lalita Panchami and this ritual is known as 'Upang Lalita Vrat'. According to Hindu mythology, Goddess Lalita is one of the most important 10 Mahavidyas. She is also known as 'Shodashi' and 'Tripura Sundari'.
Worshiping the Goddess and observing the fast of Lalita Panchami brings happiness, knowledge and wealth. The observance of Lalita Panchami is very popular in the states of Gujarat and Maharashtra. In these states, Goddess Lalita is worshiped in the same way as Goddess Chandi is worshiped like 'Lalita Sahasranaam', 'Lalitopakhyan' and 'Lalitatrishati'. Therefore, the festival of Lalita Panchami is celebrated with joy and gaiety all over the country.