Chaitra month or Chaitra mahina or Chaitra maas is the sixth month in Gujarati calendar or Gujarat Panchang. Chaitra month falls in April as per Gregorian calendar. In Gujarati Panchang for Gujarat Chaitra mas 2012 starts on March 23 and ends on April 21. Similar dates are applicable to Marathi, Kannada, and Telugu Panchangam.
According to Hinduism, on the first day of Chaitra month Lord Brahma started the creation. But Gujarati people celebrate their New Year or Bestu Varsh on the first day of Kartik mahina (November – December).
Gujarati Chaitra maas Sud Paksh begins on March 23 and ends on April 6, 2012
Gujarati Chaitra mas Vad Paksh starts on April 7 and ends on 21 April 2012.
The major Gujarati festivals during Chaitra month in 2012 are – Sri Ram Navratras (Vasanta Navaratri or Chaitra Navaratri), Soubhagya Gauri Tritiya, and Sri Ram Navami.
As per North Indian or Hindi Hindu calendar, Chaitra month 2012 has begun on March 9 and will end on April 6.