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Akshaya Tritiya Significance
Akshaya Tritiya is a holy festival and one of the auspicious days in whole of the year of Hindu calendar. Akshaya Tritiya is celebrated mainly by Hindu and Jain community people. Akshaya Tritiya falls on the Indian month of Vaishakh and is a third lunar day of Sukla paksha (bright fortnight). Akshaya Tritiya is a bright day on which both sun and moon glow in excitement. Also, Parashurama Jayanthi falls on the same day of Akshaya Tritiya which is the birthday of Lord Parashurama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Special poojas are carried out at temples for Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi along with Lord Vinayakar.
Akshaya means “never diminishing or everlasting” and thus believed to have good luck to bring eternal success in the forthcoming years. Any venture started on that day is believed to bring benefits of life called as Punya. Generally, Indian people used to see good time and signs before starting a new job or any other activity. Akshaya Tritiya is one such propitious day for a new start. People believe that there will be a tremendous growth and prosperity if they initiate an endeavor on Akshaya Tritiya. Most important part of Akshaya Tritiya is the purchase of new jewelry especially gold. By doing so will increase the material wealth of the family.
Akshaya Tritiya Astrological Facts
According to ‘Jyotisa’- the ancient Indian system of astronomy and 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 exhilaration meaning at their peak of radiance. Hindu calendar will not miss out the day of Akshaya Tritiya and it occurs with every year. During the month of vaishaakha, the sun is in the Mesha (Aries), the first sign of the zodiac, where it is in an exalted or most powerful position to give benefits and comparatively moon is also equally powerful. This combination of the planetary energies is believed to generate profusion whereby any auspicious act commenced on this day leads to continued growth of beneficial results throughout the year. Astrologically this is extremely auspicious. That also makes this day one of the most popular dates in Hindu calendar for marriages and partnerships. Everlasting means also for the new relationship to last long forever.
Akshaya Tritiya Historical Legend
According to Hindu mythology, on this day the Treta Yuga began; and the Ganges River, the most holy and sacred river of India, descended to the earth from the heaven. Akshaya Tritiya is the day on which Lord Parusurama, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, was born. Puranas spoke about how he reclaimed the land from the sea and it was a great historical belief. The Sun and Moon are astrologically believed to be at their most exalted equal brightness on this day. The brightness is at its best on the west coast of India. Goa and Konkan regions, even today, are referred to as Parusurama Kshetra. On this day, people do fasting in reverence to Lord. Also they worship Lord Vasudeva with rice grains. People wholeheartedly pray for their growth and belongings. The day gains more importance and auspiciousness when it falls on a Monday or under Rohini Star. Rohini is the star of Lord Krishna who is a great warrior. In the Northern part of India, people dip themselves in the River Ganges and consider that to be lucky.
Akshaya Tritiya is the day on which it is believed that Ved Vyasa started with the narration of great epic ‘Mahabharatham’. On this day of Akshaya Tritiya, Maharishi Veda Vyas along with Lord Ganesha started writing the great epic Mahabharata. Consequently on the same day began the Golden era for the residents on Earth. Another happening of Akshaya Tritiya is the visit of Sudhama to Lord Krishna’s place. Sudhama is an old childhood friend of Lord Krishna who came in regards for financial assistance. On seeing Sudhama, Lord Krishna was at the peak of excitement. He welcomed Sudhama with full smile on his face. As a customary act, Krishna washed his friend’s feet and asked him about his arrival. Sudhama was very ashamed to ask him help seeing his to luxurious belongings. He didn’t open his mouth and stayed muted. Also, Sudhama got grains in his hand for gifting his friend. But felt very shy to open it to him sighting his richness. Lord Krishna understood his feelings and he himself got the grains from Sudhama’s hand. Krishna felt the love and affection of his Sudhama.
Sudhama returned back home with embarrassment but a shocking surprise he saw was a palace in front of him. His old hut turned into a magnificent palace. Lord Krishna gave respect to his love by offering a big gift to Sudhama in return for his care and friendship. This is a wonderful incident from which importance of Akshaya Tritiya is given to material wealth and grains. People hence go to jewelry for buying gold ornaments.
Poojas on Akshaya Tritiya
Usually during Akshaya Tritiya, special rituals and poojas are progressed in many parts of Indian temples. Several types of darshans are arranged for the devotees to worship god. It will be delightful to see the shrines of Gods. Adding to god, there are also separate poojas carried out for animals and soil.
a) Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vinayakar on Akshaya Tritiya
Goddess Lakshmi is the god of wealth and prosperity. It is believed that praying to Goddess Lakshmi is one of the most important activities on Akshaya Tritiya. Lord Vinayaga is also worshipped along with Lakshmi. This is because Lord Vinayagar is known as the first and foremost lord to be worshipped for getting success in life. People present lots of offerings before god and after worship will give away to all the devotees in the name of ‘prasadham’.
b) Lord Parashuramar on Akshaya Tritiya
Parashuramar is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is believed that on Akshaya Tritiya , Lord Vishnu turned into one of his incarnation into Lord Parashuramar. Hence, the day of Akshaya Tritiya is also known as Parashurama Jayanthi (Birthday of Parashuramar). Special rituals for Lord Vishnu will be done with beautiful decoration of the Lord.
c) Mother Earth on Akshaya Tritiya
On Akshaya Tritiya, importance is also given to the grains. Grains grow in fields of land. Our Mother Earth is providing all the health and wealth of the crop sown. Hence, it is obvious to thank Mother Earth for affording people with best grown healthy crops.
d) Cow Pooja on Akshaya Tritiya
Cow pooja is carried out with a cow. The cow is also called to be the ‘Mahalakshmi’ since it offers milk to the people. It is also one of the vaahana(vehicle) of god. The cow is also called as ‘Komaadha’ which means it as the mother for humans. Akshaya Tritiya is the day of growth and so cow pooja is necessary for praising the cow.
e) Elephant Pooja on Akshaya Tritiya
Elephants resemble Lord Vinayagar and hence it is our duty to worship elephants. Foods are given to the elephants in order to satisfy their stomach. It is believed that even though elephants don’t know to talk, it blesses from the heart.
Commencement of Akshaya Tritiya
The auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya fall on May 9th of this year ( 09-05-2016 ). Akshaya Tritiya is a day of growth and so it is started with a prayer to god. Many rituals will be taking place at most in all the temples in India. Main pooja is done to Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu for their mighty blessing. People at home can pray to god by singing spiritual songs and also read slogans for god. The ritual is called to be Madhusudhana ritual which contains thulasi leaf, Betel leaf along with bananas and agarbathis are presented before god. People pray for giving lots of growth financially as well as mentally.
There are many ways by which Akshaya Tritiya can be celebrated. It depends on our own wish to choose what to do. But whatever you do, you should do it with involvement and full exuberance.
During Akshaya Tritiya day, few important dos are here for your knowledge
• Initiate any beneficial activity for family and community on Akshaya Tritiya
People at work can do the pooja at their office in reverence to god. Also, for those who are willing to start with a new work or job, Akshaya Tritiya is the perfect day. No day in the whole year is so auspicious like Akshaya Tritiya. One can confidently invest in any venture for a beautiful future. Similarly, any function like marriages or engagements can be arranged on Akshaya Tritiya for family welfare and growth. Not only that any kind of beneficial as well as good doing activity can have proceeded on Akshaya Tritiya.
• Visit temples on Akshaya Tritiya
Temples are the sacred places for providing peace and blessing. During Akshaya Tritiya, special poojas and darshans are arranged in big temples for the devotees. The main ritual is for Goddess Lakshmi who is the goddess of wealth and prosperity. Next pooja will be for Lord Parashurama or Lord Vishnu who is a great protector for all the people. Before both the rituals commence, Lord Vinayakar is worshipped for his strong blessings.
• Spiritual activity participation on Akshaya Tritiya
Several spiritual activities will be conducted in temples itself. Or else separate programs like Satsang will be arranged for people to participate with full josh. It is really a fortune for people to participate in spiritual programs. In Tamil, people used to say “Iyal Isai Nadagam” which means singing, dancing, and acting. It is believed that when we show our belief and devotion to god through our traditional songs, dance and act, god will shower his blessings instantly.
• Make offerings and seek blessings on Akshaya Tritiya
The blessing is not got for money it should come from within the heart. Only if we do good we receive well. During a very good day like Akshaya Tritiya, it is obvious for everyone to get blessings from elders. Whatever being presented to god can be offered to neighbours and can get blessings from them. If you are a student or child, you can get blessings from your parents and teachers. Teachers are like second parents and so it is most important to get blessings from them also on Akshaya Tritiya. Every blessing has its special value and importance.
• Give donations (Dhaanam) on Akshaya Tritiya
Giving is more valuable and affords more happiness than receiving. Punya will be accomplished by offering something to others. Different kinds of donations can be given. Some of them are listed here
1. Vasthra Dhaanam on Akshaya Tritiya
‘Vasthram’ means clothing. Vasthra dhaanam hence refers to offering clothes to the needy people. There are lots of orphanages all around. You can donate your used and unused clothes to them. It would be good if you donate new ones to them.
2. Jala Dhaanam on Akshaya Tritiya
‘Jalam’ means water and giving water to Brahmins is a customary action followed. Jala dhaanam is not given by everyone. Those who are traditionally doing it will continue every year on Akshaya Tritiya along with some donation of money.
3. Paadha Raksha Dhaanam on Akshaya Tritiya
Paadha Raksha means footwear and in this case, footwear is given to those who are in need. It is believed that this doing will give lots of enrichment in life.
4. Chatra Dhaanam on Akshaya Tritiya
Chatra means umbrella and offering an umbrella to the people removes bad happenings in one’s life.
5. Vennai (butter) Dhaanam on Akshaya Tritiya
Butter is given as donation for attaining good status and knowledge in life.
6. Kumkum Dhaanam on Akshaya Tritiya
Kumkum donation is done by ladies for getting a longer lifetime for their husbands. Also, this donation is for growth in life.
7. Kumba Dhaanam on Akshaya Tritiya
In a big decorated kumbam(vessel) made of bronze or silver, lots of grains with water is given in addition to betel nuts, Tulasi leaves, saffron, etc. This customary action is done on Akshaya Tritiya in order to get a good life partner for life or for getting a child.
8. Chandana Dhaanam on Akshaya Tritiya
Chandanam is nothing but sandalwood and it gives out sweet smelling fragrance. This donation is done to protect the donor from evil happenings.
Other than the above-mentioned donations, pulses and grains can be given as a donation.
• Buy Safe Properties on Akshaya Tritiya
Many of them plan to buy new properties and other belongings. Akshaya Tritiya is the best day for purchasing lands and other valuable properties. One can invest with full belief for attaining ever shining success in life.
Altogether, Akshaya Tritiya is a rare yet wonderful day on earth with perfect radiance. It happens only once in a year and has to be celebrated with all enjoyment. Pray to god and he shall strive for us. Belief in god and invest in all good activities. Wish you a happy Akshaya Tritiya 2016.