Published on: October 20, 2021
What is in news : Bhaskarabda to be added to official calendar of Assam
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- Uses a lunisolar system based on moon phases, solar year
- Era counted from the date of the ascension of a seventh century local ruler, will be added to Saka and Gregorian eras in the official calendar of the Assam Government.
- Began when Bhaskaravarman was crowned ruler of the Kamrupa kingdom. He was a contemporary and political ally of northern Indian ruler Harshavardhana.
- It was decided to have a theme-based calendar every year. The themes, could be wildlife, plants, culture, cuisine and other aspects of Assam.
- Unlike Gregorian, where a day starts at midnight, the Assamese calendar begins and ends at sunrise over 24 hours. While the Gregorian goes by the solar cycle, the Saka and Bhaskarabda eras use a lunisolar system based on both the phases of the moon and the solar year.
- The gap between Bhaskarabda and Gregorian is 593 years.