What Is Akshaya Tritiya?
‘Akshaya’ is a Sanskrit term, which means ‘never diminishing’; and ‘Tritiya’ means ‘the third day’. It is believed that any spiritual activity (including meditation, chanting, donation and different forms of worship) performed on this day gives the benefit to the person forever.
When Is Akshaya Tritiya in 2014?
Akshaya Tritiya in 2014 will be celebrated on 2nd of May. Many people also know this auspicious day as Akha Teej. Every year, this great day falls on the third day of the bright half of Hindu month Vaishakha.
Significance of Akshaya Tritiya
As per the Holy Scriptures of Hindus, Akshaya Tritiya brings luck and success to the life of the believer. In order to make the inflow of wealth continuous, people also buy gold and precious jewelry.
The auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya is governed by Lord Vishnu. Another Hindu auspicious day that coincides with Akshaya Tritiya is Parashurama Jayanti. Sometimes, the Parashurama Jayanti falls on the day before Akshaya Tritiya due to the difference in the starting time of third day (Tritiya Tithe) as per Panchang.
People born on the day of Akshaya Tritiya are considered to be very lucky and become outstanding persons. Some of the luminaries born on the day of Akshaya Tritiya are:
· Adi Shankaracharya
· Swami Chinmayananda
· Lord Buddha
Hindu Event Astrology considers three days of the year very auspicious and one may perform all the spiritual or auspicious tasks during any time during these three days namely Yugadi, Akshaya Tritiya and Vijaya Dashami. These three days are not affected by any malefic effects.
But be careful because there are certain Do’s & Don’ts for Akshaya Tritiya
Things to do on Akshaya Tritiya
1.Perform good and pious deeds (Punya Karma), like:Snana (ritual bath) Dana (donation) Japa (chanting) etc. Akshaya Tritiya is considered very auspicious for spiritual activities.
2.New relationships can be developed on this auspicious day.
3.Akshaya Tritiya is super auspicious for shopping.
4.Making new purchases is highly beneficial on the day of Akshaya Tritiya. Buying precious metals is considered very auspicious on this day.
5.You may make new commitments on this day.
Things not to do on Akshaya Tritiya
1.Don’t perform Upnayana (wearing sacred thread or something like that).
2.Don’t perform Udhyapan (ending of fasts)
3.House construction should not be initiated and if running already then should be avoided on the day of Akshaya Tritiya.
4.Grah Pravesh is prohibited on this day.
5.Avoid travelling on the day of Akshaya Tritiya.
6.Planting a new tree is also prohibited.
Legend behind Akshaya Tritiya
Festivals are always associated with one or more legends. Same is the case with Akshaya Tritiya. The most famous legend behind Akshaya Tritiya is of Lord Krishna and his best friend Sudama.
Sudama was the childhood friend of Lord Krishna. He was very poor. One day, he decided to approach Lord Krishna for help. As a gift, he brought Poha (rice flakes) along with him. As he reached Krishna’s luxurious palace, he felt so ashamed for bringing such a poor gift for his rich friend. He tried to hide the pouch containing Poha. However, Krishna was quite smart. He immediately recognized his dear friend’s attempt of hiding something and asked him to show. Sudama was too shy to bring his hands fore. So, Krishna took the lead for finding out what he was hiding. He simply held Susana’s hands and brought them in front. Finally, he got to know what his dear friend Sudama was hiding.
Lord Krishna was delighted on seeing Poha. He started eating the Poha and relished it. Further, he followed the entire process of ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ (the guest is like God) properly to give a grand welcome to his dear friend Sudama. Sudama was overwhelmed by the hospitality of his friend. His eyes filled up with tears and he started crying .Lord Krishna embraced his friend. Sudama couldn’t say a word about his financial problems to his friend. He didn’t forget, but he was too hesitant to speak up. Finally, he turned back home empty-handed. As soon as he reached his place, the sight left Sudama awestruck. His old hut was transformed into a magnificent palace.
Do you know what did he see when he entered his brand new palace?
All of his family members were dressed in the royal attires. Everything around looked fabulous. It didn’t take a moment more for Sudama to realize that it was nothing other than the glorious boon of Lord Krishna, where he got blessed with a lot more of wealth than he expected. Now, that was on the day was of Akshaya Tritiya.
Hence, the day of Akshaya Tritiya is considered quite auspicious for material gains and unending wealth.
I hope we all get blessed like Sudama on this Akshaya Tritiya. But then you need to keep your faith and worship Lord Vishnu (Lord Krishna is one of the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu) on this glorious day of Akshaya Tritiya.Happy Akshaya Tritiya 2014!