12 Interesting Facts About Auspicious Akshaya Tritiya That You Should Know!

By TGB Desk / On April 29th, 2017

As per Hindu calendar, Akshaya Tritiya is one of the four most auspicious days (other 3 being Ugadi, Dussehra and Diwali). It’s also known as Akha Teej and is considered highly auspicious by both Hindus and Jains. It falls on the Shukla paksha (Bright half) Tritiya (third day) in the month of Vaisakha (as per Hindu calendar). Astrologically, it’s believed that both Sun and Moon are in exalted position on this day. In addition, it becomes even more auspicious if it comes in conjunction with Rohini Nakshatra.

Akshaya Tritiya is synonymous with buying gold as gold is considered a symbol of prosperity, affluence and wealth. Buying gold on this auspicious day is believed to invite never-ending good fortune and Goddess Lakshmi to your home.

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But there is more to Akshaya Tritiya than ‘buying gold’. So we thought we will just show up and shed some light on this magical day, so full of promise.

It’s so true that nothing brings joy to a woman like, well, the word shopping! Before we are off shopping what we love best – Gold, we thought we will leave a list of facts about Akshaya Tritiya that you might find interesting –

12. Gangavataranam (Descent of Ganga) – It’s believed that the most sacred river Ganga descended from Heaven to the Earth on Akshaya Tritiya.

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11. Parasurama Jayanti – Each year this day marks the birthday of Sage Parashuram (Sixth incarnation of Lord Mahavishnu).

10. Start of Krita yuga – Also known as Satya yuga (The Golden Age) was believed to have started on this day.

9. Vaibhava Lakshmi Vratam – In olden days, Kings used to worship Vaibhav Lakshmi on this day to bring peace, happiness and good fortune upon their subjects.

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8. Mahabharata – This is the day when Sage Veda Vyasa began narrating the most revered epic – Mahabharata to Lord Ganesha who wrote it down.

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7. This day is celebrated by Jains commemorating the end of an year long fast observed by the Jain Thirthankara Rishabhanatha.

6. Kubera – As per mythology, Kubera was granted a position as the custodian (Treasurer) of Riches, wealth and prosperity by Lord Shiva on this auspicious day.

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5. Meaning of Akshaya – Akshaya means Perpetual or Everlasting or Eternal and Tritiya means Third (Third day) in sanskrit. And this day is believed to bring endless good fortune.

4. Sri Krishna – Kuchela This day reminds us of the friendship between Sudama (known as Kuchela in South India) and Lord Krishna. They say Sudama went to meet his childhood friend Lord Krishna to ask for help and he carried with him a very humble gift – flattened / beaten rice (Atukulu). Lord Krishna playfully grabs the pouch with the rice and eats the snack with much affection. It’s believed that just one handful of flattened rice had by Sri Krishna gave Sudama enough riches to sustain him in this life and the next life as well. So, Rukmini (Consort of Sri Krishna) had to stop him from having more (and thereby granting more riches) by saying “Oh Lord! Please spare some for us as well!!”

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3. Tying the knot – As per a South Indian legend, Goddess Meenakshi got married to Lord Sundareswarar (incarnation of Lord Shiva) on Akshaya Tritiya. Many people prefer getting married on Akshaya Tritiya as it’s said the couple would be blessed with prosperity, happiness and good fortune.

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2. New Beginnings – On this day,  it’s auspicious to start any new venture (including business) and is a perfect day to pursue new beginnings such as Gruharambham (beginning of the house construction), Gruha Pravesham (House warming ceremony), Aksharabhayasam (commencement of education), Upanayanam (Sacred thread ceremony), Kesha Khandanam (traditional hair cut for the baby for the first time) and Kanyadanam (Gift of a daughter).

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1. Akshaya Punya – Any act of charity brings in it’s own reward. And charity done on Akshaya Tritiya brings manifold rewards to the giver. So, it’s the best day to start your spiritual journey.

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We hope Goddess Mahalaskshmi is good to you, that your pockets always jingle with money, and that you share your good fortune with others!!

Happy Akshaya Tritiya!!!

One Response

  1. Bablofil says:

    Thanks, great article.

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