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Chaitra Month Name – Origin Of Chaitra Mahina

Ever wondered about the origin of the name Chaitra. Chaitra Mahina (March - April) is the first month in a traditional Hindu lunar calendar followed in North India, Maharashtra, Telangana, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

Harshat Mata Temple, Abhaneri, Rajasthan

Ancient Hindus had a deep knowledge of Nakshatras or stars, movements of moon and earth, changes of seasons and of time. Ancient sages performed sacrifices and pujas during auspicious periods and they had good knowledge about stars, planets and the sun.

When purnima or full moon day is associated with Chitra Nakshatra, the month is called Chaitra.

Even today, Chitra Nakshatra will be present on the full moon day in Chaitra month.

The name of Chaitra month is derived from Chitra Nakshatra.