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Akshaya Tritiya: 26th April 2020

Tithi Start: 11:52 am on April 25
Tithi End: 1:23 pm on April 26
Akshaya Tritiya is a famous festival that is celebrated by Hindus across India. According to Hindu calendar, it falls on the third day of Shukla Paksha of the month Vaishaka. Akshaya Tritiya is also called as “Akha Teej”. It is an annual festival of Hindus and Jains.

Akshaya Tritiya is a Sanskrit word - ‘Akshaya’ means ‘infinite’ and ‘Tritiya’ means ‘Third’. Akshaya Tritiya festival is associated with wealth, prosperity and happiness. It is believed that this day brings good luck and success. Anything bought on this day would bring good luck to us. This day is considered as the most important day of the year. Mostly people buy gold on this day believing that it brings good fortune to the buyers. This day is also considered as the most popular day for weddings to take plans as the spirit of this day bids them on a very long life, fulfilling their journey. It is also believed that people born in this month will be lucky and will shine bright throughout their life.

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On this day, some people worship Lord Vishnu and goddess Lakshmi. While some people worship Kuber who is the bestowal of wealth and prosperity. On this day, people prefer Yellow clothes for performing puja to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi and yellow flowers are offered to the deities.

As per Matsya Puranam, on this day, chanting of mantras, charity, Yagnas and offerings to God and fasting yields inexhaustible fruits. It is believed that Lord Brahma is pleased, if he is offered with sandalwood water and modaks. People also buy gold and gift each other. It is believed that on this day, if you get anything, it will grow.

Akshaya Tritiya has many mythologies that are believed. Some of them are:

According to Puranas, this day is considered as the starting day of Treta Yuga.

The Holy River Ganges descended upon the earth on this day.

It is the day, Kuchela, the childhood friend of Lord Krishna offered puffed rice to Krishna. After that, he became wealthy with the blessings of Lord Krishna. Here is the story of Kuchela who became wealthy after offering puffed rice to Krishna on the day of Akshaya Tritiya.

Akshaya Tritiya 1st Story:

We have heard about the friendship of Kuchela and Lord Krishna. Kuchela was the childhood friend of Lord Krishna. He was a Poor Brahmin. He even doesn’t have money to feed his children. His wife was very sad. With tears in her eyes Kuchela’s wife told him that, “if we are hungry, it doesn’t matter but we are not even able to feed our children with enough food”. On hearing this Kuchela was very hurt and said to her that “What can we do? We can’t ask help from anyone.” Hearing this His wife replied “You always say about your friend Krishna. You told you are having a deep bond with each other. Why can’t you go to him and take his help. He is now the king of Dwaraka.” Kuchela finally decided to go to Dwaraka and meet his friend Krishna. But he was in doubt about what to take to his children?

He borrowed some puffed rice from his neighbors and bound them in a piece of cloth and took the bundle along with him and started to Dwaraka. Kuchela reached Dwaraka. He was amazed by seeing Dwaraka. The town was built with gold and looked very beautiful. People over there were well dressed. He asked for directions to Krishna’s Palace and reached the palace finally. On seeing him the guards stopped him and asked “Who are you? Why have you come here?”. So Kuchela replied “I am Kuchela,  childhood friend of Krishna. I have come here to meet him. Go and tell him that Kuchela has come to meet him”. On seeing Kuchela’s attire, the guard doubted him but hesitantly went to Krishna and informed Lord Krishna about Kuchela’s arrival. On hearing this, Krishna ran to Kuchela immediately bare-footed to meet him. By seeing this everyone wondered.

Krishna took Kuchela to the palace and they recalled their childhood days. On seeing Krishna’s wealth Kuchela was ashamed of the puffed rice he brought and tried to hide the bundle. But Krishna snatched it from him. While enjoying the snack Kuchela brought, Krishna told him that “I have never tasted such sweetness in anything else than this”.

Later they ate their meal which was served in golden plates. Kuchela remembered his children’s hunger at home and felt very sad. He couldn’t ask Krishna for help. Kuchela stayed there for 2 days but couldn’t ask Krishna for financial help. On the third day he got ready to go back to his home. On the way back to his home Kuchela wondered what should he say when his wife asks him “What you’ve brought back?”. When Kuchela reached his home, he could not find his hut. There was a big palace instead. He saw his wife and children dressed in elegant clothes. Kuchela knew that this was the blessing of his friend Krishna. Kuchela’s eyes welled up with tears of joy recollecting Krishna’s pure love.

It is also believed that, on this day, Lord Krishna gave Akshaya Patra to Draupadhi, when Pandavas went to Vanavasa.  Akshaya Patra was never empty and on demand it produces an unlimited amount of food. Here is another story of Akshaya Tritiya which is tied to the story of Akshaya Patra.

After they lost in exile, the Pandavas were living in Kamyaka woods. So Duryodhana planned to make Pandavas miserable. So Pandavas were visited by various people including saints.

One day one saint told them that “I am going to have some food with you”. As per the tradition, Kshatriya would feed the Brahman’s very well. So Pandavas searched the entire forest for food, but could not find sufficient food.

So there was no food with the Pandavas. All the food in their home was eaten and the pots were empty. Draupadi prayed to Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna came to their house and said “I am very hungry”. He noticed that Draupadi did not come out of the hut. So he stepped into their little hut and found her sitting in the corner with tears in her eyes. Lord Krishna asked her the reason for her crying. She told him that there was no food in the house.

He took the pot in his hands and saw that there was only one grain of rice stuck in the pot. Then Lord Krishna asked Draupadi to look into it again. She saw a single grain of rice sticking in the corner. Lord Krishna told Draupadi that even a single grain offered with humility is enough to satisfy the universe. Then Lord Krishna picked that one grain of rice and ate it.

He turned the pot into Akshaya Patra. When the saint came there with 400 people, Draupadi was able to feed all of them from the same pot. The more food she took from the pot, the more would come from it. It never went down.

Akshaya Tritiya 2nd Story:

There was also another story about Akshaya Patra that, it was a gift from Lord Surya to Pandavas so that they will always have food.

Lord Parashuram was born as the fifth son of Rishi Jamadagni and Renuka. The story of Lord Parashuram belongs to Treta Yug.  Parashuram word is derived from two words Parashu meaning 'axe' and Lord Rama.

Lord Parashuram grew up to be a powerful man. Though he was a Brahmin by birth, he was interested in weapons. So Parashuram started searching for a suitable guru for him but he could not find any. He then started doing severe penances to lord Shiva. Lord Shiva was pleased with his penance and offered him a boon. Parashuram told his desire. Lord Shiva became his guru and thought his martial arts and presented him with some divine weapons Bhargavastra, an axe and Vijaya as his personal bow.

One day Jamadagni started doing a Yaga. He asked his wife Renuka to fetch water from the nearby river. She was able to fetch water from the river in a pot made of unbaked clay, with the pot held together only by the strength of her devotion. Then she went to fetch water. But when she reached the river, she saw a group of Gandharvas and Apsaras from heaven took bath, came out, and passed away in the sky. Thinking about this she lost her devotion. The unbreakable pot she held dissolved in the river. She was afraid to return to her husband. Knowing this by his yogic powers, Jamadagni was very angry at his wife Renuka who made an obstacle to continue his yaga. He called his eldest son and asked him to kill his mother. But his eldest son refused to do that. He then asked the other three sons. They also refused to kill their mother. At last, Jamadagni called his youngest son Parashuram and asked to kill his mother and 4 brothers. Hearing this Parashuram killed all of them.

Jamadagni was pleased with this and offered a boon to his youngest son Parashuram. Then Lord Parashuram asked his father to bring back his mother and brothers. By this Jamadagni was impressed and granted his request.

Once the king, Kartiviryarjuna with his army group went to Jamadagni’s ashram to take some rest. Jamadagni welcomed them grandly. Then Kartiviryarjuna was surprised by such type of welcome in a hut of a Rishi. So he asked Jamadagni, the secret behind this. So Jamadagni replied to Kartiviryarjuna that it was because of his yogic powers and Kaamadhenu. Then Kartiviryarjuna ordered Jamadagni to handover Kaamadhenu to him. But Jamadagni refused to do it. So the king Kartiviryarjuna killed Jamadagni. He took away Kaamadhenu with him in the absence of Parashuram.

Lord Parashuram came to know all this with his powers. He took oath near his father dead body that he would kill Kartiviryarjuna and bring back Kaamadhenu. After a fierce battle with the army of Kartiviryarjuna, Parashuram killed Kartiviryarjuna with his axe and bow.

Parashuram was known to be the Guru to Bhishma, Dronacharya, and Karna. It is also believed that Parashurama is immortal. He had a boon to live as long as he wants and die when we want to die.

Akshaya Tritiya is the day when Lord Ganesh, the god of wisdom and obstacle removal started writing the epic Mahabharata which was dictated by Veda Vyasa.

Here is the story “how Mahabharata is written?”.

Mahabharata is the biggest story ever written. It was the story of the Pandavas and the Kauravas which was written for three years. This story tells us about how good wins over evil. Mahabharata was written by Lord Ganesh which was narrated by the great sage Veda Vyasa. He was the grandfather of the Pandavas and the Kauravas, who lived even after all his grandchildren – the Pandavas and the Kauravas died. He lived a very long life with the great powers of meditation.

When Veda Vyasa was meditating in the Himalayas, Lord Brahma appeared and asked him to write the story of Mahabharata. Lord Brahma told Veda Vyasa that he was the best person to write the story as he had seen the entire story and knew all the characters very well. But Veda Vyasa knew that Mahabharata was a complex story and he alone could not compose and write at the same time. So he needs someone’s help to write the story. So Lord Brahma told Veda Vyasa to take the help of Lord Ganesh. On hearing this Veda Vyasa started meditating on Lord Ganesh.  When Lord Ganesh appeared before him Veda Vyasa told him the reason for his meditation.

Lord Ganesh came up with a mischievous idea in writing Mahabharata. He knew that Veda Vyasa was capable of narrating the story very fast. So he told Veda Vyasa that, once he starts writing, Veda Vyasa should not stop his narration. If Veda Vyasa stops his narration at any time, Ganesh would stop writing and walk away. Veda Vyasa wondered how he could meet this condition, and then he got an idea and smiled at Lord Ganesh and told him not to write anything unless he understands the meaning of what was narrated to him. Lord Ganesh accepted this condition.

Then Veda Vyasa began narrating the story and Lord Ganesh wrote it accurately. When Veda Vyasa needs some rest, he would compose a stanza with a difficult meaning. Till Lord Ganesh finds the meaning and writes the stanza, Veda Vyasa takes rest and composes more stanzas. When this flow was good another complication raised. The pen with which Lord Ganesh is writing was not able to meet the speed of these two people and was broken. Even then Lord Ganesh did not stop his writing. He broke one of his tusks and started writing with it. That is why Lord Ganesh is seen with only one tusk in the pictures.

It is also believed that on the day of Akshaya Tritiya, the goddess Durga killed Mahishasura after a fierce battle that lasted for ten days.

Akshaya Tritiya has a lot of religious significance.

1. On this day, Rath Yatra in Puri Jagannath temple begins.

2. It is considered as the most auspicious day to start new ventures. So some people even wait till Akshaya Tritiya to start new ventures.

3. This day is also considered very auspicious to buy gold and silver. It is believed that buying gold and silver on this day, will bless us with prosperity and wealth. Buying gold marks the beginning or addition of your wealthy life.

4. Starting any business on this day is bound to flourish.

5. Making significant investments is also considered to be good. Like buying new things or starting an investment plan for kids, etc.

6. This day is considered as very auspicious such that no muhurtham is required for Griha Pravesham.

7. Donations and Annadhanam on this day bring lots of benefits to the donors. So Lots of people make donations on this day believing that it returns us with wealth and prosperity.

8. To relieve their sins and doshas some people also perform cow feeding on this day.

9. Some people also undergo fasting on this day.

10. Most of the people worship Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi on this day for their blessings.

How people celebrate Akshaya Tritiya?

On this day Devotees wake up early in the morning, Perform puja, and offer prasadam to family, friends, and neighbors. They recite from spiritual scriptures such as Bhagavad Gita, Srimad Bhagavatam. People Offer charity. They Begin a commitment to practice spiritual center life by doing Japa, singing Kirtan, and worshiping the Lord. People also Visit the temple to present some offerings to Lord Krishna with devotion.


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