SHARE IN THE RESEARCH ON ORIGIN OF EXISTING veDik CALENDAR OF vikram svNt 2060
Posted by Vishva News Reporter on November 10, 2003

 

WHAT IS THE ORIGIN OF
 veDik CALENDAR OF
vikram svNt NOW AT 2060 YEARS

Mayank Gandhi  of USA has the above veDik question with some backgrounder to the topic with hopes that someone knows the answer to this rather technical question:

"My understanding till recently was that the great king Vikram Aditya (of the Gupta dynasty) was responsible for the Vikram samvat era, which commenced in 56 BCE and which we Hindus follow even today. Therefore, it is 'Vikram' samvat 2060 today. My initial confusion was that how did this era start in 56 BCE when Vikram Aditya only ruled between 380-413 CE. In fact, the entire Gupta dynasty (320-540/647 CE) ruled hundreds of years after this 'Vikram samvat' era commenced. I know now that there is a history-mythology explanation to this discrepancy, i.e. the Vikramaditya of Vikram samvat is a mythological creation (capital Ujjain) and the famous Vikram-Vetal stories refer to him, whereas the Vikramaditya (or Chandragupta II) of the Gupta dynasty is a historical figure whose capital was Pataliputra (Patna). 1. My question who is the author/creator of the mythological entity? 2. Also any idea why 58 BCE and why no linkage to any 'Yug'?"

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