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Subject: Re: Chandrakal
Author: তন্ময় ভট্টাচার্য্য   (guest, 67.42.143.97)
Date: January 16, 2012 at 5:27:53 PM
Reply to: Chandrakal by ADT
You probably meant chandrakala.

Yes, candra is a Sanskrit word meaning the moon, and is probably related to the Indoeuropean root of English "shine".

kalA is a Sanskrit word of unclear etymology which means a bit. (It also has the meaning art and a few others, but I do not know the relation between these meanings). In particular it often means the 16th part, so chandrakala is about the amount the moon's crescent changes in a day. From this usage, the lunar crescent on the day before or after the new moon, or a similar nail mark, is called candrakalA.

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