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 maas 2011 starts on April 4 and ends on 3 May 2011. Similar dates are applicable to Gujarati, Kannada, and Telugu Panchangam. Chaitra month as well as Marathi New Year starts with Gudi Padwa. Gudi Padwa 2011 date is April 4. According to Hinduism, on the first day of Chaitra month Lord Brahma started the creation.
- Marathi Chaitra maas Shukla Paksh begins on March 16 and ends on March 30, 2010.
- Marathi Chaitra mas Krishna Paksh starts on March 31 and ends on April 14, 2010.
The major Marathi festivals during Chaitra month in 2010 are – Gudi Padwa, Sri Ram Navratras (Vasanta Navaratri or Chaitra Navaratri), Soubhagya Gauri Tritiya, Sri Ram Navami, and Hanuman Jayanti.
As per North Indian or Hindi Hindu calendar, Chaitra mahina 2010 has begun on March 1st and ends on March 30, 2010.