Chaitra month or Chaitra mahina or Chaitra maas is the first month in Marathi calendar or Marathi Panchang. Chaitra month falls in March – April as per Gregorian calendar.
In Marathi Panchang for Maharashtra Chaitra mas 2017 starts on March 28 and ends on April 26. Similar dates are applicable to Gujarati, Kannada, and Telugu Panchangam. Chaitra month as well as Marathi New Year starts with Gudi Padwa.
In 2017, Gudi Padwa date is March 28. According to Hinduism, on the first day of Chaitra month Lord Brahma started the creation.
Marathi Chaitra maas Shukla Paksh begins on March 28 and ends on April 11.
Marathi Chaitra mas Krishna Paksh starts on April 12 and ends on April 26.
The major Marathi festivals during Chaitra month in 2017 are – Gudi Padwa, Sri Ram Navratras (Vasanta Navaratri or Chaitra Navaratri), Soubhagya Gauri Tritiya, Sri Ram Navami, and Hanuman Jayanti.
Marathi Festivals in Chaitra Month 2017
Tuesday, 28 March 2017 – Chaitra Navratri (Vasant Navratri)
Tuesday, 28 March 2017 – Ugadi (Telugu New Year, Kannada New Year)
Tuesday, 28 March 2017 – Gudi Padwa (Marathi New Year)
Thursday, 30 March 2017 – Gauri Puja
Thursday, 30 March 2017 – Gangaur
Sunday, 2 April 2017 – Yamuna Chhath
Wednesday, 5 April 2017 – Sri Rama Navami
Friday, 7 April 2017 – Kamada Ekadashi
Tuesday, 11 April 2017 – Hanuman Jayanti
Friday, 14 April 2017 – Chithirai Vishu, Puthandu (Tamil New Year, Solar New Year)
Saturday, 22 April 2017 – Varuthini Ekadashi
26 April 2017 – Amavasya