Akshaya Tritiya – Why is it an Important Day?
Akshaya Tritiya is a festival known for its auspiciousness. The day is considered most auspicious and all good ventures including the marriages are celebrated on this day without any inhibitions. The name itself suggests that whatever good deeds are done on this day gives results in multiples i.e. ‘Akshaya’.
The festival is celebrated by Hindus and Jains in a grand scale. According to the Hindu mythology many auspicious events have taken place on this day. Akshaya Tritiya is the day when Veda Vyasa and Ganesha started writing Mahabharata. This is the day when Gaga stepped on earth from heaven. The Goddess of food ‘Annapurna’ was born on this day. The most important of all is that Treta Yuga began on this day. Parushurama, the 6th incarnation of Lord Vishnu of Dashavatara was born on this day. Dharmaraya, the first of the Pandavas received the ‘Akshaya Pathra’ on this very day.
The list keeps going on and on. All this events have paved a way for the people of today to celebrate this day and also make new beginnings. The day is considered most auspicious to begin business ventures, start building houses, and buy house hold requirements especially Gold and Silver and other valuable requirements. People are so particular about buying gold on Akshaya Tritiya that they book the ornaments in advance and take delivery on this particular day to avoid last minute rush and disappointments.
The celebration of this day varies from people to people and from a grand scale to simple pooja at home. The main aspect in South India is making fruit juice or ‘panaka’ and distributing it. Donating to the needy also forms a part of the festival. Temples gear up to the occasion with special poojas. More rush is seen in temples and jeweler shops on this particular festival.