18 April 2018
In a land of celebrations and festivals, where the people are still in festive mood after celebrating harvest festivals across the nation, Akshaya Tritiya (Akha Teej) is believed to bring good fortune to one's life and most of the people initiate their ventures on this auspicious day. It is also assumed that anything started on this day grows with time and cannot be destroyed.
On Akshaya Tritiya, people generally buy properties, jewellery and invest on this day as no special mahurat is needed to perform any auspicious work on this day. This is regarded as a Sarve Siddha mahurat as on this day, both the heavenly bodies i.e. the Sun and the Moon are at their exaltation point, at their extreme brightness.
All the dwars (doors) of char dham temples in Hindu religion are opened on this day.
There is a number of mythological significance of this day which renders it to be very auspicious.
1: According to Shiva Purana, Lord Shiva made Kuber the lord of riches and banker of heaven on Akshaya Tritiya.
2: The birth of Lord Parshuram the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, is also celebrated on this day.
3: On this glorious day, Veda Vyas began to write the Mahabharta.
4: It is believed that on this day, Sun God gifted the ‘Akshaya Patra’ to the Pandavas which had a never ending supply of food. There is also an anecdote to this Akshaya Patra. Rishi Durvasa, known for his rage, was to visit the Pandavas with his hundreds of disciples. Draupadi got tensed as there was nothing left in the enchanting pot at that time. Lord Krishna came to her rescue and ate the last grain which was stuck on the Akshaya Patrawhich satiated the hunger of the whole universe and also the visiting sage.
5: According to Puranas, this day also marks the beginning of the Satya Yuga and Treta Yuga respectively.
6: After a fierce battle with Mahishasura that lasted for ten days, Goddess Durga killed him on this day.
7: On this auspicious day, Sudama visited his long lost childhood friend Lord Krishna who bestowed upon him his love, blessing and riches against some rice packed with love in a little piece of cloth.
8: The Ganges, the holiest of rivers in Hinduism, believed to have descended to earth from the heavens on an Akshaya Tritiya day.