Indian national calendar
As we come to the end of 2007 a thought occurred to me, ‘Is there a separate Indian calendar and what is the year/date on that calendar?’
Turns out, it’s a topic one should probably steer clear of, mainly because of the sheer number calendars out there that are ‘Indian’ in origin. Take a look at this sample below for instance, Gregorian year 2000 AD/CE corresponds with:
- Year 5101 in the Kaliyuga calendar;
- Year 2544 in the Buddha Nirvana calendar;
- Year 2057 in the Bikram Samvat calendar;
- Year 1922 in the Saka calendar;
- Year 1921 (shown in terms of 5-yearly cycles) of the Vedanga Jyotisa calendar;
- Year 1407 in the Bengali calendar;
- Year 1176 in the Kolla Varsham calendar.
Well that is enough to leave anyone confused. I threw in the towel.
By the way, there is an Indian National calendar as well, which has been granted official status by none other than the Government of India. This happened in 1957 and it is basically a straight forward adoption of the Saka calendar (Saka era starts from 78 AD)from what I understand. The year and date in this system is still used by All India Radio and official Government communiques! Psst.. if anyone can confirm this, it’d be great.
So let me make it simpler; officially today is 1929, Pausa 8th.
I kid you, not! Here is the link for the complete information. Go ahead and check it out..
The year starts with Chaitra on March 22nd and goes through Vaishakh, Jyaistha, Asadha, Sravana, Bhadra, Asvina, Kartika, Margashirsh, Pausa, Magha and Phalgun. So remember to celebrate new year on March 21st as well..
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