Namaste! It’s another New Year. So
far, in 2017, we’ve celebrated the Western one, of course, several Tibetan
Lhosars, and now comes the ‘official’ Hindu one - Vikram Samvat (Bikram Sambat).
Nepal has used several calendars over the centuries, like Nepal Sambat, which
is observed by the Newar civilization of Kathmandu Valley. That one
comes in November. It is now 1137 Nepal Sambat.
The Vikram Samvat calendar was made the official calendar in 1902 by the
The Vikrama Samvat is said to have been founded by the emperor Vikramaditya
of Ujjain following his victory over the Sakas in 56 BC, although it is popularly
is associated with the subsequent king Chandragupta Vikramaditya. It is a
lunar calendar based on ancient Hindu tradition. The Vikram Samvat
calendar is 56.7 years ahead (in count) of the solar Gregorian calendar.
In Nepal, it begins in mid-April and marks the start of the solar new year.
This calendar derives its name from king Vikramaditya of Ujjain of Paramara
dynasty. After the rise of the Rana oligarchs in Nepal, Vikram Sambat came
into unofficial use along with the official Shaka Sambat for quite some time.
They discontinued Shaka Sambat in its 1823rd year, and replaced it with Vikram
Samvat for official use since then to date. Vikram Sambat came into official
use in Nepal in1902 AD. The calendar is widely in use in western India, where
it is known as the Vikram Samvat.
The date is supposed to mark the victory of king Vikramaditya over the Sakas,
who had invaded Ujjain.
The traditional New Year of Bikram Sambat is one of the many festivals of
Nepal, marked by parties, family gatherings, the exchange of good wishes,
and participation in rituals to ensure good fortune in the coming year. It
occurs in mid-April each year, and coincides with the traditional new year
in Assam, Bengal, Burma, Cambodia, Kerala, Kashmir, Manipur, Orissa, Punjab,
Sri Lanka, Tamil Nadu and Thailand.
celebrating in Hanuman Drokha
Happy new year 20174!!!