Telugu Months

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A month (or maasa) comprises two fortnights (period of 15 days), called Pakshas, separated by the Full Moon Day. Each month consists of two Pakshas. If the Pakshamu ends in New Moon, it is known as Krishna Pakshamu, period of waning Moon. If it ends in Full Moon, it is Sukla Pakshamu, period of waxing Moon.

The name of the month is derived from the name of the star lying nearest the Full Moon. For example, the full moon usually occurs near star Chitta during April. Therefore, April is Chaitra maasa, derived from the Telugu name for star chittha. Incidentally, chaitra is the first month of the Telugu year. The following is a list of all telugu month names, along with the name of the star associated with it.

  1. Chaithramu - March/April (Chitta)
  2. Vaisaakhamu - April/May (Visaakha)
  3. Jyeshtamu - May/June (Jyeshta)
  4. Aashaadhamu - June/July (Uttara Ashaada)
  5. Shraavanamu - July/August (Shravanam)
  6. Bhaadhrapadamu - August/September (Uttaraabhadra)
  7. Aaswayujamu - September/October (Ashwini)
  8. Kaarthikamu - October/November (Kritthika)
  9. Maargasiramu - November/December (Mrigasira)
  10. Pushyamu - December/January (Pushyami)
  11. Maaghamu - January/FePuary (Makha)
  12. Phaalgunamu - Febuary/March (Uttara Phalguni)


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