Caitramasa, Caitramāsa, Caitra-masa: 2 definitions


Caitramasa means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

Alternative spellings of this word include Chaitramasa.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

[«previous next»] — Caitramasa in Purana glossary
Source: Shiva Purana - English Translation

Caitramāsa (चैत्रमास) refers to the “month of March-April”, according to the Śivapurāṇa 2.3.5.—Accordingly, as Brahmā narrated to Nārada the birth of Menā’s daughter:—“[...] The beloved of the mountain worshipped the Goddess along with Śiva, joyously. She gave charitable gifts always to the brahmins for their satisfaction. Desirous of obtaining a child, she worshipped Śivā everyday for twenty-seven years beginning it in the month of March-April [i.e., caitramāsa]. Observing a fast on the eighth day of the lunar fortnight, she made charitable gifts of sweets, offerings of oblation rice cakes, puddings and fragrant flowers on the ninth day. [...]”.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Caitramāsa (चैत्रमास).—A Manvantarādi for śrāddha, and good for vratas like the madanadvādaśi; best for military expedition.*

  • * Matsya-purāṇa 7. 10: 17. 6: 54. 8; 56. 3; 60. 33; 240. 5.
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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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