Chaitra month or Chaitra masam is the first month in Telugu calendar (Telugu Hindu Panchangam). In Telugu Panchangam for Andhra Pradesh, Chiatra masam 2017 starts on March 28 and ends on April 26.
Chaitra month falls in March-April as per Gregorian calendar. Similar dates are applicable to Marathi, Gujarati, and Kannada Panchanga. In 2017, Chaitra masam marks the beginning of Sri Hemalamba nama samvatsaram.
According to Hinduism, on the first day of Chaitra month Lord Brahma started the creation. Ugadi or Telugu New Year begins on the first day of Chaitra month in Karnataka.
This festival is also celebrated as Kannada New Year and Marathi New Year (Gudhi Padva). It marks the onset of spring season or Vasanta ruthuvu.
Telugu Chaitra masa Shukla Paksham begins on March 28 and ends on April 11.
Telugu Chaitra masa Krishna Paksham starts on April 12 and ends on April 26.
The major festivals during Chaitra month in 2017 are – Ugadi, Sri Rama Navaratri (Vasanta Navaratri or Chaitra Navaratri), Soubhagya Gauri Vratam, Sri Rama Navami, and Hanuman Jayanti.
Telugu 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 – Chaitra Amavasya