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Mumbai brings in Akshay Tritiya with pujas, new purchases

According to Hindu mythology, Akshay Tritiya is the day when Lord Parshuram, the sixth incarnation of Vishnu, was born

mumbai Updated: Apr 28, 2017 20:22 IST
Akash Sakaria
A woman at a jewellery store in Dadar on Friday.
A woman at a jewellery store in Dadar on Friday.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)

The city brought in Akshay Tritiya, an auspicious occasion for Hindus, on Friday with pujas and new purchases.

According to Hindu mythology, Akshay Tritiya is the day when Lord Parshuram, the sixth incarnation of Vishnu, was born. Veda Vyas began to write Mahabharata. Jains celebrate this day to commemorate the ending of the fast by Tirthankara Rushabhanatha.

“Most people visit temples on this day,” said Ketan Joshi, a priest at a Malad temple.

”Akshay Tritiya is the day Tirthankara Rushabhanath ended his one-year fast by consuming sugarcane juice poured into his cupped hands. It is called paarana,” said Bipin Doshi, a Jain scholar and professor of Jainism at the Mumbai University, adding, “The festival basically is about patience and non-violence.”

People who observe a year-long alternate day fasting, called Varshi-tap, break it on this day by drinking sugarcane juice.

“The day is considered ideal to start new ventures,” said Sanket Shinde, a businessman from Dadar, adding, “It is believed that if you do charity on this day you will be blessed.”

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