Nanakshahi calendar

Guru Nanak Dev

The Nanakshahi ( Punjabi: ਨਾਨਕਸ਼ਾਹੀ, nānakashāhī) Calendar is a tropical solar calendar which is based on the 'Barah Maha' ( Punjabi: ਬਾਰਹ ਮਾਹਾ). Barah Maha was composed by the Sikh Gurus and translates as the "Twelve Months”. It is a poem reflecting the changes in nature which are conveyed in the twelve-month cycle of the Year. [1] The year begins with the month of Chet, with 1 Chet corresponding to 14 March. The first year of the Nanakshahi Calendar starts in 1469 CE: the year of the birth of Guru Nanak Dev. [2]


The Nanakshahi Calendar is named after the founder of the Sikh religion, Guru Nanak Dev. [3]

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