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News: Happy Hindu New Year (2074-2075) - 18th March, 2018

Today is the 1st day of the Hindu Year 2075.

In most parts of India, start of Vikram Samvat, the Hindu calendar year, is considered to be on the 1st day of the Hindu lunar month of Chaitra, which always falls in March-April.

Vikram Samvat was started by the king Vikramaditya of Ujjain, India, following his victory over the Saka dynasty. Vikramaditya or Chandra Gupta II, was the grandson of King Chandra Gupta I and the grandson of King Samudra Gupta. He was one of the most loved, prosperous and progressive king of the ancient Gupta dynasty that ruled India from 320 AD - 520 AD. It is said that Vikram Samvat year used to start in the Hindu month of Kartika originally, on Diwali day or the festival of light. Later on, it was changed to the month of Chaitra, to synchronise with the Shaka calendar, which had been running since around 5500 B.C. In Gujarat, the start of Vikrama Samvat, or the Hindu New Year is still celebrated on Diwali. This day is also the beginning of Navratras.

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