KATHMANDU, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- Nepali government on Tuesday decided to recognize Nepal Sambat as a government calendar and formed a committee to study how the lunar calendar used by the Newar community along with Bikram Sambat.
According to Deputy Prime Minister and government Spokesperson Narayan Kaji Shrestha, the three-member committee will submit its report on the study of native calendars along with Nepal Sambat to the government within a month.
Earlier, the government had announced the Nepal Sambat, a lunar calendar believed to be initiated during the 880s by national luminary Shankhadhar Shakhwa, as Nepal's official era.
The Nepal Sambat had long been in use before being replaced by Bikram Sambat in 1960.
Also, the meeting decided to set up Shankhadhar Sakhwa National Academy in the name of the founder of Nepal Sambat.
Sakhwa, a merchant of Kathmandu, paid the debts of commoners after he miraculously found the sand turned into gold over in 880 AD, according to legends. Historians suggest that Nepal Sambat was started to commemorate the clearance of state debts since then.
Nepal Sambat 1132 will start on Thursday.