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chittiraiyil chittirai etc.

From: Kasturi Varadarajan (kvaradar_at_cs.uiowa.edu)
Date: Tue Feb 20 2001 - 10:08:52 PST

Sri M.N. Ramanuja,

  Thanks for your post. The tamil month of chittirai is indeed
the solar mesha masam. The diagram that I have seems to say 
that the full moon in this solar month can be in either chitra,
swati, or vishakha.

  What is the definition of a lunar month? And how is a lunar
month given a particular name? That is, why is a particular
lunar month called chitra? 

  Also, can someone give me pointers to user friendly books
(preferably in English) that deal with these notions?

thanks
Kasturi

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