31 march 2014 Vikram Samvat 2071
Chaitra Shukla Pratipada is the first day in the month of Chaitra, Hindi Lunar Calendar. It is the beginning of the New Year of Vikram Samvat our Vedic Hindu Calendar. This calendar is based on the movement of moon and is widely followed by a large number of priests and astrologers in India. The famous Vikram Samvat is based on the day when Vikramaditya defeated Sakas and invaded Ujjain. He called for a new era. Under his supervision astronomers formed new calendar based on luni-solar system that was very much near to accuracy, was released that is still followed in the Northern regions of India.
Vikram Samvat begins on Chaitra shukla pratipada also known as chaitra Navratri, the beginning of new year. Festivals like Navratri, Gudi padwa and Ugadi are also celebrated on this day.