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In many parts of India, people will turn over the pages of their traditional calendar to a new year as the Vikram era 2070 unfolds Monday, November 4, 2013.

In Northern India as well as in Gujarat it is the start of the financial year, or 'Nutan Varsh', as they call it. It is the first day of Kartik month in the Vikram and Gujarati calendars, both of which are lunar and calculated based on the fortnightly cycle of the moon. Download Gujarati Calendar for 2070 provided by Shree Swaminarayan Temple of Bhuj, India.

People in many parts of India celebrate the beginning of the Vikram Year as 'Annakut,' the day after Diwali. Annakut (Sanskrit. anna= 'grain' denoting food; kut='mountain' indicating abundance) heralds a new beginning with a golden harvest of the crop that had been planted during and after the monsoon season. The new crop is cut and offered to God on this first day of the new year. This festival or 'utsav' is also known as 'Annakutotsav,' when the supply of food from the new harvest reaches a new high.

In the photograph, you can see a few Hindu priests offering prayers in the Shree Swaminarayan Temple in Kolkata during the Annakutotsav. More than 700 different vegetarian food items ranging from traditional to Mexican, Chinese, Thai, and Italian are offered to symbolize that crops would now be ready to be harvested and the first offering is to God in appreciation of Nature bounty and kindness.

The Vikram era (also known as Vikram Samvatsar or Vikram Samvat) began long ago when the great Indian king Vikramaditya wanted to commemorate his victory over the Shaks in 57 BC... Read more

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Comments
November 7, 2010 at 4:20 am
(1) meenu says:

happy new year.

November 11, 2010 at 8:52 am
(2) jai dev sethi says:

Will U pl. Let me know which was the last year of B.C.

November 1, 2011 at 3:13 am
(3) Lovenish Bhagat says:

Happy New year 2068

November 1, 2011 at 4:29 am
(4) shamlesh says:

Happy NEW yEAR

November 1, 2011 at 10:33 am
(5) Whindu says:

Happy New Year
Now you can use the “Common Era” (CE/BCE)

November 20, 2012 at 10:05 am
(6) Rama Rao K says:

I wish to point out some minor inaccuracies in your post. ‘Samvant’ should be, if I am not mistaken, Samvat. Victory over Sakas is written as ‘Shaks’ which sounds pretty jarring. Also in your previous posts on Deepavali, you repeatedly mentioned that it occurs on the New Moon day of Kartik month while the correct month is Ashvin not Kartik.

November 22, 2012 at 10:42 am
(7) Sushila Karia says:

Our special Prayers and Blessings from “Shree Ram Mandir” Hindu Cultural and Heritage Centre, “wish everybody Happy New Year”

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