Sukla Paksha

Definition - What does Sukla Paksha mean?

Sukla paksha is a Sanskrit term that refers to the 14-day period of the waxing moon in each lunar month in the Hindu calendar. The 14-day period of the waning moon is called Krishna paksha. The full moon (purnima) and the new moon (amavasya) complete the 30-day lunar month. Some consider purnima to be the final day of sukla paksha, making it a 15-day period; likewise, amavasya would the final day of Krishna paksha.

The term comes from the Sanskrit sukla, meaning “bright” or “light,” and paksha, meaning, “side” or “fortnight.”

Yogapedia explains Sukla Paksha

As the bright phase, sukla paksha is considered the best time for beginning a task, starting a business, and for growing on a spiritual, mental or physical plane. It is for this reason that many Hindu festivals are held during sukla paksha, among them the seasonal nine-day Navratri festivals, including Chaitra Navratri and Ashvin Navratri.

In Indian astrology, it is believed that those born during sukla paksha have a desire to learn, have a pleasant personality, and are responsible and hardworking.

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