Hindu Nav Varsh- Vikram Samvat 2081

“विक्रम संवत् शुभस्य, ज्ञानं धर्मं च वर्धताम्।
समृद्धि सुखानि च भवेयुः, श्रीमान् संवत्सरो भवेत्॥”

This verse conveys blessings for the Vikram Samvat (Hindu lunar calendar). 

May the Vikram Samvat bring enlightenment to those who desperately need it, sprinkling a dash of righteousness in a world of chaos. Let prosperity and happiness bloom like wildflowers in a desert of monotony.

The joy of the ‘Samvat’ era! It’s just another fancy term for ‘year’ in Sanskrit. Emperor Vikramaditya from Ujjain must’ve had quite the time coming up with that. And let’s not forget King Jaikadeva, the OG trendsetter of Okhamandai in Gujarat. His inscriptions? Oh, just some ancient bragging about dates and eras. So, next time you hear ‘Vikram Samvat’, just remember it’s Emperor Vikramaditya’s way of keeping track of time as we all do with our fancy calendars.

Once upon a time, there was a king named Gardabhila. He thought it would be a great idea to mess with a nun named Saraswati, who just so happened to be the sister of a monk named Kalkacharya. Bad move, Gardabhila. Kalkacharya wasn’t too happy about it, so he went to his buddy, the Saka ruler, for help. The Saka King gave Gardabhila a good thrashing, and Gardabhila ended up running for the hills. Literally. He became a hermit in the forest. But his forest adventure didn’t end well, thanks to a tiger.

Now, his son, Vikramaditya, wasn’t too thrilled about how things went down. So, he decided to take matters into his own hands and teach those Sakas a lesson. He raided Ujjain and showed them who was boss in 56 BC. And to mark this victory, they came up with a new calendar called Vikram Samvat. It was their way of saying, “We may have lost once, but now we’re starting fresh!”

Now, there’s some debate about when exactly this new era started. Some say it was in 56 BCE, while others argue it was more like 57-56 BCE. But hey, no matter what, everyone agrees that life got a whole lot more interesting with this new calendar. And if you’re curious about when it all began, well, there’s some old writing somewhere that supposedly spills the beans. But who has time for that? Let’s just enjoy the celebrations and the new calendar, shall we?

Gregorian calendar or Vikram Samvat? What’s the difference?

So, you’ve got the Vikram Samvat and the Gregorian Calendar having a bit of a showdown. The Indian one’s all about following the Sun’s lead, while the Gregorian’s like, “Nah, let’s stick to the Sun and Moon tag team.”

Both calendars roll with 12 months, but here’s where things get interesting. Vikram Samvat’s like, “Let’s mix it up a bit,” and throws in solar sidereal years and lunar months. So, you’ve got these two fortnights in every month, and each month’s got 30 lunar days, or as they call ’em, ‘Tithis.’

But here’s the kicker – there’s this mismatch in the lunar cycles, but instead of fixing it, Vikram Samvat’s like, “Eh, we’ll just throw in an extra month every three years, no biggie.” So, you end up with this ‘adhik masa’ just chilling in there, keeping things interesting now and then.

Hindu Calendar Month 2024:

– Chaitra Month 2024:        March 26, 2024 – April 23, 2024

– Vaishakh Month 2024:      April 24, 2024 – May 23, 2024

– Jyeshtha Month 2024:     May 24, 2024 – June 22, 2024

– Ashadha Month 2024:    June 23, 2024 – July 21, 2024

– Shravana Month 2024:   July 22, 2024 – August 19, 2024

– Ashwin Month 2024:      September 19, 2024 – October 17, 2024

– Kartik Month 2024:        October 18, 2024 – November 15, 2024

– Margashirsha Month 2024: November 16, 2024 – December 15, 2024

– Pausha Month 2024:     December 16, 2024 – January 13, 2025

– Magha Month 2025:     January 14, 2025 – February 12, 2025

– Phalguna Month 2025: February 13, 2025 – March 14, 2025

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