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The lunar month Chandrayanam as opposed to the solar one Souramanam is reckoned from the full-moon to the full-moon. It is invariably determined by the beginning of the bright fortnight of the month, but takes the name ot the solar month in which the full-moon occurs.

Each month consists of two halves going by the name of ‘pakshas’ and each half is a fortnight in the month. The Shukla-paksha or the bright-fortnight is the period of the waxing moon while Krishna-paksha or the dark fortnight is that of the waning moon.

Source: archive.org: South Indian Festivities
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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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