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A great icon passes away

Son of Late Dr GD Birla, Krishna Kumar Birla was born at Pilani, Rajasthan, in Samvat 1975 on the auspicious day of Gopashtami which falls on Kartik Shuklashtami. As Hindu festivals celebrated according to Vikram Samvat occur on dates which vary from year to year, Gopashtami falls on different dates every year. In 1918, when Krishna Kumar was born, it fell on November 11. For the sake of consistency in the observance of his birthday, Krishna Kumar has adopted October 12 as the official date of his birth, though members of his family and friends celebrate it on whatever date Gopashtami occurs according to the Gregorian calendar.

india Updated: Aug 31, 2008 11:59 IST

Son of Late Dr GD Birla, Krishna Kumar Birla was born at Pilani, Rajasthan, in Samvat 1975 on the auspicious day of Gopashtami which falls on Kartik Shuklashtami. As Hindu festivals celebrated according to Vikram Samvat occur on dates which vary from year to year, Gopashtami falls on different dates every year, Gopashtami falls on different dates every year.

In 1918, when Krishna Kumar was born, it fell on November 11. For the sake of consistency in the observance of his birthday, Krishna Kumar has adopted October 12 as the official date of his birth, though members of his family and friends celebrate it on whatever date Gopashtami occurs according to the Gregorian calendar.