The ‘Immortal Third’, an annual Jain festival celebrating the first alms-giving to the first Jina, Ṛṣabha. It takes place on the third day of the bright half of Vaiśākha – April / May. The ‘immortality’ refers to the immense merit – puṇya – from the first act of giving alms – dāna – in the current era. This is the day when people who have observed a year-long fast – varsitap – break it, in imitation of Ṛṣabha’s fast ending.

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