Nepal Sambat, a unique calendar which is named after the country is based on the lunar calendar and it 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.
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 calendar 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. It may be noted here that a meeting of the Council of Ministers on October 25 has constituted a three-member recommendation committee with Padma Ratna Tuladhar as the conveyor to carry out a study on the Nepal Sambat calendar and other calendars in use and prepare a report on this with the objective of incorporating the Nepal Sambat calendar in the government calendar. Hari Narayan Malla and Kumar Yonjan are the members of the recommendation committee.