Monday, May 13, 2013
Akshaya Tritiya also referred to as Akha Teej is considered the most auspicious days of all by Hindus in India. In the Hindu lunar calendar the pious day of Akshaya Trithiya falls on the third day (Tithi) of the bright phase of the moon (Shukla Paksha - waxing phase of moon))
of the Hindu month of Vaishakha. The name Akshaya Trithiya describes the
special planetary positions of Moon, Sun and Jupiter, as on this day
all three unanimously come under Mrigshira Nakshatra. Moon and Sun both
glow at their brightest level, indicating the auspiciousness of the
The day of Akshaya Trithiya is considered highly auspicious by Hindus
as the day is thought to bring good fortune and prosperity for every
one. The literal meaning of Akshay in Sanskrit means imperishable or
“never diminishing” and thus the day is believed to be the best time
for beginning new ventures or investing money in precious metals and
to Hindu astrology, the entire Akshaya Tritiya day is auspicious. So
there is no need to look for an auspicious time i.e. no ‘muhurat’
required on this day. This is the only day in any year when the Sun
which is the lord of the planets and Moon which is the lord of
creativity are in exaltation meaning at their peak of radiance.
Astrologically this is extremely auspicious. That also makes this day
one of the most popular dates in Hindu calendar for marriages and
It is also believed that people born during this time shine bright in
life due to the exaltation of Sun and Moon in the native’s horoscope.
Many greats were born during this period like Basaveshwara,
Ramanujacharya, Adi Shankaracharya, Swami Chinmayananda and Lord Buddha.
Glance through the annals of ancient Indian heritage and one finds that
on this tritiya day of Vaishaka month many significant things of great
spiritual importance happened. According to Jain legends, this day is
auspicious as people from Ayodhya bought gold and jewellery to offer to
their Tirthankara Rshabhdev who was the King of Ayodhya centuries ago.
Jains, even today, observe long term fast to commemorate their first
Tirthankara Rshabhdev and break their fast on Akshaya Tritiya day with
sugar cane juice as Rshabhdeva broke his fast with that juice after 1
According to the ancient Hindu religious texts like the Puranas, this
day marked the beginning of the "SatyaYug" or the Golden Age - the first
of the four Yugas. It is believe that on this day Lord Krishna gave
Draupadi a bowl - akshaya patara (where food came in abundance) when the
Pandavas were in exile. Traditionally this third day in the bright
fortnight of Vaishakh is also the day of the sixth incarnation of Lord
Vishnu in the form of Lord Parashuram.
On this day of Akshaya Tritiya, Maharishi Veda Vyas along with Lord
Ganesha started writing the great epic Mahabharata. It is also the day
the most sacred river of the Hindus, Ganga descended to earth. On this
day Sudama visited his childhood buddy Lord Krishna with a hearty gift
of a handful of beaten rice (poha). The good returns (prasad) he got in
return for his devotion to the Lord is a classical story told in Hindu
households. On such a day associated with Lord Krishna the story of
Sudama’s offering is mentioned along with Lord Krishna’s affirmation in
his Holy Gita ~ “Whoever offers a leaf, a flower, a fruit or even water
with devotion, that I accept, offered as it is with a loving heart “.
Therefore there are many are the reasons for Akshaya Tritiya to be considered a wish
fulfilling day. Any worship (puja) performed or daan (donation) given on this
day is considered extremely good karma. Good karma is considered
meritorious and is supposed to bestow beneficial results.
Akshaya Tritiya, a special puja will be performed at Amma's Penisula
Ashram in India. For more details about sponsorship, please click here.
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