What is Akshaya Tritiya?
In the literal sense, Akshaya signifies immortality or an eternal life which is indestructible and the meaning of Tritiya is the 3rd lunar day as per the Hindu calendar. Thus, it means that anything which has been started or performed on the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya (Akha Teej) remains eternal and grows with time. It is believed that it is a day when the material desires of the individuals get fulfilled.
When is Akshaya Tritiya?
According to the Hindu calendar, the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya is celebrated in the month of Vaisakh during the Shukla Paksha on the 13th day. As per the Gregorian calendar, the day is celebrated in the month of May or April.
What is The Significance of Akshaya Tritiya?
- The day is regarded as the first day of farming for the soon approaching harvest season.
- The day also holds immense significance for Jain people as they conclude their year-long austerity on the day of Akshaya Tritiya by consuming the sugarcane juice.
- On this particular day, businessmen start their new year financial audit book.
- Buying of assets, starting new ventures and planning weddings and all other auspicious activities are performed on the day of Akshaya Tritiya.
- Buying gold and silver jewelry is the core tradition of Akshaya Tritiya as it symbolizes abundance and good fortune.
- It is also believed that the day of Akshaya Tritiya holds immense significance as it is also celebrated as Parshuram Jayanti, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu who took birth on Earth in order to end the severity of Khastriyas and establish justice in the world.
What is the story of Akshaya Tritiya?
There are several legends and stories associated with Akshaya Tritiya. Some of the legends mentioned in Hindu Mythology are :
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Story of Akshaya Tritiya 1
As per Mahabharata, on the day of Akshaya Tritiya, Pandavas were offered a vessel (Akshaya Patra) by Lord Sun. It was a divine vessel which had a continuous supply of food. Once a sage arrived and Draupadi needed food for him. She requested Lord Krishna for food. Lord Krishna appeared and he saw a grain stuck on the vessel. He ate that single piece of grain. It satisfied Lord Krishna and in turn, the hunger of all human beings along with the sage also got satisfied.
Legend of Akshaya Tritiya 2
As per the scriptures, a vicious and long-lasting battle was held between Goddess Durga and Mahishasura and in the end, Mahishasura was killed by the Goddess. As per the sacred Puranas, that day was marked as the end of Satya Yuga and start of the Treta Yuga. Thus, since that day, Akshaya Tritiya is celebrated as the beginning of a new era.
Akshaya Tritiya Katha 3
The day of Akshaya Tritiya is also famous as the Krishna-Sudama reunion day. Lord Krishna and Sudama were childhood friends. On the day of Akshaya Tritiya, Sudama visited Dwarka to meet Lord Krishna as his wife forced him to ask for financial help from Lord Krishna. By knowing the wealth and opulence of the deity, Sudama felt embarrassed and ashamed to ask for financial assistance. He brought some rice flakes for Lord Krishna as a gift but due to embarrassment, he left it there only and returned back to his home. Lord Krishna saw the packet of rice flakes and enjoyed eating it as a tribute to their divine bond of friendship. After reaching home, Sudama got astonished by seeing that at the place of his hut, there was a grand palace and all his family members were in royal attire. By seeing all this, Sudama realized that it is all because of the blessings of Lord Krishna who bestowed him with abundance and other essentials. Thus, since that day, the day is celebrated as Akshaya Tritiya and is regarded as a day of attaining material gains.
What are The Rituals of Akshaya Tritiya?
- On the day of Akshaya Tritiya, devotees worship and offer prayers to Lord Vishnu by observing a fast and performing other essential customs.
- Individuals also perform charities and donations of things like clothes, ghee, rice, fruits, salt, and vegetables to the needy.
- In the place of worship, to evoke the blessings of Lord Vishnu, Tulsi water is sprinkled.
- The day is regarded as highly auspicious for the businessmen and thus they worship and offer prayers to Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesha and seek their blessings for wealth and abundance.
- Observing a holy bath in sacred water and offering barley in the sacred fire are important rituals of Akshaya Tritiya.
- Devotees also chant sacred mantras, perform meditation and perform spiritual activities to get bestowed with the divine blessings of Lord Vishnu and get good fortune.
Here’s wishing you all a prosperous and an auspicious Akshaya Tritiya!!
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