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'Medvedev's inauguration fall on a auspicious day'

world Updated: May 07, 2008 18:59 IST

Inauguration of Russia's third post-Soviet President Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday falls on one of the most auspicious days according to Hindu calendar.

According to the astronomical calculations for the city of Moscow this year the auspicious day of "Akshaya Tritiya" falls on Wednesday a day ahead of India, where it would be celebrated tomorrow, Chief Pujari (priest) of local Sri Jagannath Mandir, Yasomati Nandan Das said.

"As said in the Puranas, this day marks the beginning of the Treta Yug. The birthday of Parashurama, the sixth incarnation of Vishnu falls on this day, he said, adding "This day is also considered auspicious for starting new ventures and making new purchases."

Medvedev, 42, whose name can be translated into Sanskrit as "Madhuvedi", will be Russia's so far only Indian Yoga practicing head of state.

If going by the recent post-Soviet traditions, when Boris Yeltsin's hobby of playing tennis gave a spurt to the birth of a whole constellation of Russian tennis stars and Vladimir Putin's Judo habits led to the popularity of oriental martial arts in the country, Medvedev's yoga practicing could result in Russia having more yoga schools than India, local media said.

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