Shukla Paksha and Krishna Paksha
The terms Shukla and Krishna are Sanskrit words which mean white and dark respectively. Shukla Paksha is the period of the brightening of the moon. It refers to the bright lunar fortnight. Shukla Paksha is a period of 15 days, which begins on the New Moon day and Full Moon day. Shukla Paksha is considered auspicious by people and numerous festivals are organized during this Paksha. The festivals celebrated during this period include Govardhan Puja, Bhaibeej, Teej, Akshaya Tritiya, Ganesh Chaturthi, Ganesh Jayanti, Nuakhai, Vivaha Panchami, Sitalsasthi, Rama Navami, Vijayadashami, Shayani Ekadashi, Vaikunta Ekadashi, Samvatsari, and Guru Purnima.
Krishna paksha is the period of the fading of the moon. It refers to the dark lunar fortnight. Krishna Paksha is a period of 15 days, which begins on the Full Moon day culminating on New Moon day. Krishna Paksha is considered inauspicious by people. However, there are certain festivals that are celebrated during this period such as Karva Chauth, Krishna Janmashtami, Vaikunta Ekadasi, Dhanteras, Maha Shivaratri, and Naraka Chaturdashi.
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