Akshaya Tritiya is the third day of bright half (Shukla Paksha) of Vaishaka month of Hindu (April – May). This is one of the four most auspicious days of the year. It is the day when entire 24 hours are regarded auspicious and there is no need to look for time to start auspicious things.
Akshaya Tritiya is the perfect day to make new beginnings so that they produce imperishable results, to practise the art of giving to ensure infinite returns, and to maximize the divine blessings in your life by performing only auspicious actions. It is a wonderful day to forgive and forget the past and renew relationships with friends and relatives. It is also the apt time to resolve to give up bad habits, and adopt good habits.
“The hand that gives is the hand that gathers” – is a timeless truth. One of the important Secrets of the universe for manifesting material success is to first give with a pure heart. This act, according to the Vedas, brings back the money manifold. However, on Akshaya Tritiya, the returns are not just manifold, they are infinite. This is the single most powerful day for charities. So, if you want maximum benefit for your donation, this is the one day when you can do it. Any seed we plant on Akshaya Tritiya day will grow to infinite dimensions, so one should choose to plant the seeds of prosperity, joy, success, and compassion.
Why this day is so important: ‘
Akshaya’ literally means ‘never diminishing’ or ‘never ending’. There are several reasons for Akshaya Tritiya being considered auspicious.
1. This is the day when Lord Vishnu was incarnated as sage Parashuram.
2. Veda Vyasa and Lord Ganesh initiated writing of Mahabharata on the day of Akshaya Tritiya
3. It is also mentioned that Mother Ganges descended from heavenly abode to the earth on the day of Akshata Tritiya.
4. Astrologically, this day is the brightest day. On this day Sun is in Aries and Moon is in Taurus and the positions are such that they emit maximum light.
5. The Mahabharata epic narrates that the Pandavas received the Akshaya Patram, the bowl that grants undiminishing food, on this day.
6. Annapurna, the Goddess of food, was born on this day, and later Lord Shiva came down as a beggar and took alms from Annapurna on this day.
7. This is the day Lord Krishna bestowed unimaginable wealth on his poor friend Kuchela who had come to see him with a handful of rice flakes.
8. Kubera(considered to be the richest, is one amongst the Astadikpalakas) got his coveted position on Akshaya Tritiya due to his past giving habits on this day. Lord Kubera, . Lakshmi Tantram says that this Lord will himself pray to Goddess Lakshmi on this day.