Nepal Sambat, a unique calendar which is named after the country, is based on lunar calendar and is believed to have started during 880 AD when Shankhadhar Shakhwa, a local merchant from Kathmandu, paid off the debts of common people on his own, thus emancipating thousands of people from serfdom.
According to the state-owned news agency RSS, the Nepal Sambat calendar was in use for 888 years and it was banned at the state level in 1960 Bikram Sambat year.
Different efforts were made to reinstate the Nepal Sambat since the establishment of democracy in 2007 BS.
The government declared Shankhadhar Sakhwa who propounded the Nepal Sambat calendar and made notable contribution to society and the nation as national luminary in 2055 BS.
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