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March 1, 2024

Inauguration of the Vikramaditya Vedic Clock: A Dive into Timekeeping Tradition          


  • Recently, the Prime Minister unveiled the Vikramaditya Vedic Clock, a groundbreaking timepiece situated atop an 85-foot tower within the historical Jantar Mantar complex in Ujjain.

Overview of the Vikramaditya Vedic Clock:

  • This innovative creation marks a significant milestone as the world’s inaugural ‘Vedic Clock,’ meticulously crafted to synchronize with the ancient Indian traditional Panchang time calculation system. Positioned prominently within the Jantar Mantar premises in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, it serves as a beacon of cultural heritage and technological prowess.

Features and Functionality:

  • The Vikramaditya Vedic Clock boasts an array of functionalities beyond mere timekeeping. Alongside displaying the time according to the traditional Panchang, it offers invaluable insights into planetary positions, Muhurat timings, astrological calculations, and predictions. Furthermore, it serves as a reliable indicator of both Indian Standard Time (IST) and Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Unique Time Calculation Methodology:

  • Distinguishing itself from conventional clocks, this marvel calculates time from one sunrise to the next. This period, delineated into 30 segments, each comprising 48 minutes, aligns with the intricate ISD time system. The clock’s reading initiates at 0:00, synchronizing with sunrise and continuing for 30 hours, each comprising 48 minutes.

Technological Advancements:

  • Developed by the esteemed Sanstha Arohan based in Lucknow, the Vikramaditya Vedic Clock seamlessly integrates digital interventions. This technological fusion not only facilitates internet connectivity but also enables the clock to offer a myriad of features accessible through a dedicated mobile application named after this historic timepiece.

Significance of Ujjain:

  • Ujjain’s selection as the home for the Vikramaditya Vedic Clock is steeped in historical significance. Renowned for its rich heritage in timekeeping, Ujjain has been a nucleus for time-related deliberations for centuries. Situated at the precise intersection point with the zero meridian and Tropic of Cancer, Ujjain holds a pivotal position in India’s timekeeping narrative. Before the adoption of 82.5E longitude for IST, Ujjain’s 75.78E longitude served as Bharat’s time meridian, underscoring its historical relevance. Additionally, Ujjain’s association with the Vikrami Panchang and Vikram Samvat calendars further solidifies its status as the quintessential location for the Vikramaditya Vedic Clock.


  • The inauguration of the Vikramaditya Vedic Clock not only represents a leap forward in timekeeping technology but also serves as a poignant homage to India’s rich cultural and historical heritage. Positioned within the illustrious precincts of Jantar Mantar in Ujjain, this iconic timepiece stands as a testament to India’s enduring legacy in the realms of science, tradition, and innovation.

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