Vikram Samvat 2068 begins in Gujarat on 27 October 2011 with Kartik Sud 1 (Shukla Paksha Pratipada in Kartik Month). Vikram Samvat 2068 marks the Shobhana naama samvatsara. Bikram Sambat Hindu calendar is followed in Western parts of India such as Gujarat in which Kartik Sud 1 marks the beginning of New Year. This calendar was established by Indian emperor Vikramadiya in 56 BC following his victory over Shakas.
The Vikram Sambat calendar is almost 57 years ahead of the solar Gregorian calendar (English calendar). In North India, Maharashtra, Karnataka & Andhra Pradesh the Panchanga (New Year) starts on the Chaitra Shukla Pratipada in March – April, Gujarati calendar begins on Kartik Sud 1 in October – November.