This austerity must be observed from the 8th day of the Krishna Paksh the black fortnight of Chaitra to the Akshay Tritiya the 3rd day of the bright fortnight of the Vaishak of the next year, in the form of fasting for one day; and observing Biyasan for one day. Sometimes, between such days, fasting also can be done for two days continuously. This austerity Is continued for the whole year and hence it Is called Varshitap.
The austerity is to be broken on the day called Akshay Tritiya by taking sugar-cane juice. A grand fair takes place on this day, at palitana, a famous Jain pilgrim centre. Moreover, arrangement is made there for the mass completion ceremony. The stories of Lord Rishabha Dev, the first Tirthankar and his follower Shreyans Kumar (his great grand son) are connected with this austerity.
Category: Jain holidays
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