The Indian national calendar is based on the Saka Era. The first month is Chaitra and a normal year of 365 days. It is adopted as a national calendar of India on March 22nd, 1957. Dates of the Indian national calendar have a permanent correspondence with the Gregorian calendar dates- 1 Chaitra normally falls on 22 March and on 21 March in a leap year.

The National Calendar of India is used along with the Gregorian calendar for the following official purposes- (i) Gazette of India, (ii)calendars issued by the Government of India (iii) news broadcast by All India Radio and (iv) Government communications addressed to the members of the public.


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