Bhadra or Bhadrapada or Bhaado or Bhadraba (Hindi: भादों bhaado; Sanskrit: भाद्रपद bhaadrapada; Nepali: भाद्र Bhadra; Odia: ଭାଦ୍ରବ Bhadraba; Assamese: ভাদ) is a month of the Hindu calendar that corresponds to August/September in the Gregorian calendar. 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 Virgo, and is usually the fifth month of the year.
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|