Bhadra (Hindu calendar)

Bhadra or Bhadrapada or Bhādo or Bhadraba (Bengali: ভাদ্র bhādro; ) (Hindi: भादों bhādo; )(Sanskrit: भाद्रपद bhādrapada;) (Nepali: भाद्र Bhādra;) (Odia: ଭାଦ୍ରବ Bhadraba;) (Assamese: ভাদ) is a month of the Hindu calendar that corresponds to August/September in the Gregorian calendar.[1] In India's national civil calendar (Shaka calendar), Bhadra is the sixth month of the year, beginning on 23 August and ending on 22 September. In Vedic Jyotish, Bhadra begins with the Sun's entry into Leo, and is usually the fifth month of the year.

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Ganesh Visarjan in Mumbai
Native nameभाद्रपद  (Sanskrit)
CalendarHindu calendar
Month number6
Gregorian equivalentAugust-September
Significant days
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In lunar religious calendars, Bhadra begins on the new moon in August/September and is the sixth month of the year. The festival of Ganesha Chaturthi, celebrating the birthday of Ganesha, is observed from the 4-10 Bhadrapada in the bright fortnight and is the main holiday of the year in Maharashtra. Per Shaka calendar, the dark fortnight of Bhadrapada is reserved for the veneration of the dead. This period is known as Pitru Paksha.

In the Vaishnava calendar, Hrishikesh governs this month.

Lord Krishna was born on the eighth day of Krishna Paksha(waning moon period) in this Bhadrapad month and goddess Radha was born on the eighth day of Shukla Paksha (bright moon period) in this Bhadrapad month. Vaishnavas and some Shivites fast during the whole month of "Purattasi" in Tamil Nadu and visit Vaishnav temples on Saturday.


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.Purnima 15. Amavasya


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  1. ^ Henderson, Helene. (Ed.) (2005) Holidays, festivals, and celebrations of the world dictionary Third edition. Electronic edition. Detroit: Omnigraphics, p. xxix. ISBN 0-7808-0982-3