eNarada, Bengaluru, Friday, July 27, 2018
Many people had decided to file their Income Tax Returns today, but before the day dawned they decided to defer it fearing the inauspicious outcome of the lunar eclipse! Auditors in Bengaluru confirmed the news saying their clients wished to defer the filing by a day.
The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) had earlier extended the last date by a month for the filing of income tax returns. The last-minute rush was averted as many people were not in a hurry then to file their returns.
Speaking to eNarada, H.G.Anand, Chartered Accountant at M/s Anand & Co., in Malleshwaram, said his firm received requests from some of their clients to defer filing of their IT Returns citing inauspiciousness of the day of the Lunar eclipse. Mr. Anand went on to add that the staff at his company also left office early.
The temples in Bengaluru too were closed today due to the Lunar eclipse, or Chandra Grahan. Almost all the temples were closed in the evening. However, many devotees turned up at various temples, ignorant of the temples closing down for the day.
Normally, temples of Goddesses witnessed heavy rush on Fridays. But today, despite being a Friday, impelled many devotees to stay put in their homes.
Many people had early dinner because eating during an eclipse was generally considered to be inauspicious.
Hundreds of devotees visit Madduramma temple at Jedarahalli in Rajajinagar 5th Block on Friday evenings. Usually, the female devotees offer Ghee Arathi, a Hindu ceremony in which ghee-soaked cotton wicks are placed in lemon shells, lighted and offered to the deities; but today this ritual was prominently missing. eNarada Picture.
It was widely publicised that the temple of Lord Venkateshwara at Tirumala will remain closed on the longest total Lunar eclipse on July 27 and devotees postponed their visit.