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What is Paksha And How it is Related to Amavasya?

According to the Hindu religious scholars and pundits, Paksha largely refer to a fornight in a month as per the Hindu traditional lunar calendar.

It is to be noted that this particular calendar is mostly followed in northern part of India. This word “Paksha” belongs to Sanskrit language that means “side”. It is to be remembered that a paksha is the full period either side of the full moon day that is known as Purnima.

As per the Hindu religious and traditional calendar, a lunar month has two fornights and it begins with the new moon known as Amavasya. Each month has 30 tithis and the lunar day is known as ththis. The day may vary by 20- 27 hours according to this calendar. It doesn’t follow the 24 hours a day calculations. Shukla Paksha means the first fortnight between the New moon day and Full moon day. On the other hand, Krishna Paksha means the period of the brightening moon and the second fortnight of the month. Krishna Paksha is also known locally as the period of the fading moon. The days of Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha are largely followed by the Hindu religious followers. They conduct prayers and ritual according to tradition and custom.

Shukla Paksha

Krishna Paksha

1. Prathama

1. Prathama

2. Dwitiya

2. Dwitiya

3. Tritiya

3. Tritiya

4. Chaturthi

4. Chaturthi

5. Panchami

5. Panchami

6. Shashti

6. Shashti

7. Saptami

7. Saptami

8. Ashtami

8. Ashtami

9. Navami

9. Navami

10.Dashami

10.Dashami

11.Ekadashi

11.Ekadashi

12.Dwadashi

12.Dwadashi

13.Thrayodashi

13.Thrayodashi

14.Chaturdashi

14.Chaturdashi

15.Pournima

15. Amavasya

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