(Reuters) - Indian shares made modest gains in a special "muhurat" one-hour trading session for Diwali on Wednesday, shored up by large-cap IT and financial stocks.
The benchmark Sensex rose 0.7 percent to 35,237.68, while the broader Nifty climbed 0.65 percent to 10,598.4.
Auto stocks also saw strong buying interest with the Nifty Auto index rising nearly 1 percent. Mahindra and Mahindra Ltd led the gains with a rise of 1.9 percent and was the biggest percentage gainer on the NSE index.
"Muhurat" means auspicious in Hindi, and many traders believe gains made during this session bring prosperity and wealth in the year ahead.
Markets are closed on Thursday, and regular trading resumes on Friday.
(Reporting by Chris Thomas in Bengaluru; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)
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