What is significance of Akshaya Tritiya?
Akshaya Tritiya or Akha is considered as one of the auspicious days in the Hindu calendar. Celebrated by both Hindus and Jains with great devotion and ardor. The term Akshaya Tritiya, ‘Akshaya’ stands for eternal, the never diminishing or imperishable whereas, ‘Tritiya’ refers to the third.Every year, the festivity of Akshaya Tritiya is observed on the third day of Shukla Paksha in the Hindu month of Vaisakha (April – May). It is said that on that day both Moon and Sun remain at their planetary best. This year the festival will be observed on 26th April.
Insight into the Mythology of Akshaya Tritiya:
The festival of Akshaya Tritiya boasts a rich history, and hence, various legends are associated with the celebration of this golden day in Hinduism. Following are the legends behind Akshaya Tritiya.
Lord Parasurama’s Birth: Akshaya Tritiya is mainly recognized as the day of Lord Parasurama. It is said that, on this day, Lord Parasurama was born. He is the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
Goddess Annapurna’s Birth: As per the beliefs, the Goddess of food – Annapurna was born on this auspicious day. Annapurna is one of the many forms of Goddess Parvati.
The Mahabharat Connection: As per the legend, on the day of Akshaya Tritiya, Lord Ganesha wrote the Hindu epic Mahabharat on the dictation of Veda Vyas.
In Mahabharata – On this day, Pandavas were gifted ‘Akshaya Patra’ by Lord Suryanarayana, the bowl of food that would never go empty.
Kubera’s Appointment: On the day of Akshaya Tritiya, Kubera – the Banker in Heaven was granted a good wealth by worshiping Lord Shiva. Also, on the same day, Goddess of Wealth, Lakshmi was blessed by Lord Shiva. Both Goddess Lakshmi and Kubera were given the custodian position of prosperity and wealth.
Krishna and Sudama Legend: Akshaya Tritiya also marks the meeting of Lord Krishna and his childhood friend Sudama. By seeing the overwhelming hospitality of Lord Krishna, Sudama couldn’t ask for anything, and thus, returned home barehanded. But on his return, he found that his small hut has turned into a big palace.
Ganges Legend: On this day, the sacred river of Ganga descended to earth from heaven.
Akshaya Tritiya Benefits and what to do on Akshaya Tritiya :
There is a sacred significance of Akshaya Tritiya among devotees. In the Hindu community, this religious occasion is considered a lucky day, and thus, is the main reason why Akshaya Tritiya is celebrated by worshiping Lord Ganesha who is considered the God of beginnings ‘Aadi Deva’ will take out all the negativity from your life and fills with positive energy. Then followed by Goddess Lakshmi pooja for all the prosperity and wealth.
As per the beliefs, people tend to buy Gold/Silver or important assets on this day which brings prosperity in their life.