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The Hindu Leap Year

The Hindu leap year has an extra month and occurs once every 3 years or 4 times in 11 years.

Lord Ganesha

Ganesha, an important Hindu deity.

Hindu festivals are celebrated around the Hindu Leap month, Adhik Maas.

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The Hindu leap year includes an extra month, often referred to as “Adhik Maas” or “Purushottam Maas”. It typically occurs once every three years or four times in 11 years.

Therefore, the yearly lag of a lunar year is adjusted every three years. This adjustment allows for Hindu festivals to take place within a given time span rather than on a set day.

Close to February 29

The Indian National Calendar and the Revised Bangla Calendar of Bangladesh organize their leap years so their leap day is close to the leap day on February 29 in the Gregorian calendar.

Topics: Leap Year, Calendar


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