Vikram Samvat

Vikram Samvat ( Nepali: विक्रम सम्वत्) (abbreviated as V.S. (or VS) or B.S. (or BS)); About this sound  Listen ) is the historical and official Hindu calendar of India and Nepal. It uses lunar months and solar sidereal year (see: Vedic time keeping).

The Vikram Samvat has two alternative systems, one in Nepal, and the other in western and south India. It started in 56 BCE in southern (purnimanta) and 56/57 BCE in Nepal (amanta) systems of Hindu calendar. The Shukla Paksha in both systems coincides, most festivals occur in the Shukla Paksha. The era is named after King Vikramaditya of India. [1] [2]

The lunisolar Vikram Samvat calendar is 56.7 years ahead (in count) of the solar Gregorian calendar. For example, the year 2074 BS began in 2017 CE and will end in 2018 CE.

The Rana rulers of Nepal made Bikram Samvat the official Hindu calendar in 1901 AD, which started as Sambat 1958. [3] In Nepal, the new year begins with the first day of the month of Baishakh, which usually falls within the months of April–May in the Gregorian calendar. The first day of the new year is passionately celebrated in a historical carnival that takes place every year in Bhaktapur, called Bisket Jatra.

In India, the reformulated Saka Calendar is officially used (although not for computing the dates of the traditional festivals), although in the Hindi version of the Preamble of the Constitution of India, the date of adoption of the constitution, 26 November 1949, is presented in Vikram Samvat (Margsheersh Shukla Saptami Samvat 2006). There have been calls for the Vikram Samvat to replace Saka as India's official calendar. [4]

Divisions of a year

The classical Vikram Samvat uses lunar months and solar sidereal years. Because 12 months do not match a sidereal year exactly, correctional months are added (adhika-masa see Hindu_calendar#Extra months (Adhika Māsa)) or occasionally subtracted (kshaya masa).

Lunar metrics


Months of the Nepali Bikram Samvat: In North India India the Vikram samvat starts from Chaitra.

No. Name Nepali Days Corresponding Gregorian months
1 Baishakh बैशाख 30 / 31(30.950 exactly) mid-April to mid-May
2 Jestha जेष्ठ or जेठ 31 / 32(31.429 exactly) mid-May to mid-June
3 Ashadh आषाढ़ or असार 31 / 32(31.638 exactly) mid-June to mid-July
4 Shrawan श्रावण or साउन / सावन 31 / 32(31.463 exactly) mid-July to mid-August
5 Bhadra भाद्र or भदौ/भादो 31 / 32(31.012 exactly) mid-August to mid-September
6 Ashwin आश्विन or असोज or कुआर/क्वार 30 / 31(30.428 exactly) mid-September to mid-October
7 Kartik कार्तिक 29 / 30(29.879 exactly) mid-October to mid-November
8 Mangsir मार्ग or मंसिर/अगहन 29 / 30(29.475 exactly) mid-November to mid-December
9 Poush पौष or पुष/पूस 29 / 30(29.310 exactly) mid-December to mid-January
10 Magh माघ 29 / 30(29.457 exactly) mid-January to mid-February
11 Falgun फाल्गुन or फागुन 29 / 30(29.841 exactly) mid-February to mid-March
12 Chaitra चैत्र or चैत 30 / 31(30.377 exactly) mid-March to mid-April

The exact length of each month is the time taken by the Sun to move through a full zodiac sign.

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