Akshaya Tritiya is an important day for Hindus around the world. Akshaya Tritiya, also known as Akha Teej, is a Hindu festival of good luck and prosperity and it falls on Tuesday, April 24, 2012. Year 2012 is considered as the start of Golden Era, hence, Akshaya Tritiya, the Golden Day of Hindus this year is significant. It is believed fortune and wealth will flourish if Gold, Jewelry, Coins and Lands are purchased on Akshaya Tritiya.
The word Akshaya means never diminishing wealth, Tritiya is the 3rd day after Amavasya. The New Moon is called Amavasya by Hindus, and it is one of the special days for religious and spiritual purposes. The festival of prosperity and good luck that comes after 3rd day of Amavasya is called Akshsaya Tritiya.
Hindus believe that there is good timing for everything. Be it marriage, start of a business, or any new venture, they wanted to start at an auspicious time. This auspicious time is called Muhurtha. The day Akshaya Tritiya falls on, is a day that there is no need to select a Muhurtha (auspicious time) as the entire day is auspicious without any negative planetary influence.
It is believed that pujas and any sadhanas (spiritual practices) performed on this day is very effective. And Hindus perform special pujas for Lord Ganapati & Devi Mahalakshmi on this day. And it is celebrated as the birthday of Parashurama, the sixth avatar of Lord Vishnu.
Legends of Akshaya Tritiya
It is believed that on this day the Satya Yug (Golden Age), the first of the four Yugas began.
On this day Ganga Devi in the form of River Ganga (sacred river) descended on earth.
On this day, Veda Vyasa along with Lord Ganesha started writing the great epic Mahabharata.
The Pandavas (Mahabharata) received Akshaya Patra (bowl) from Lord Krishna on this day when they went into exile, which produced unlimited food during their difficult time.
On this day, the Pandavas in exile unearthed weapons, which they used in the Kurukshetra war (Mahabharata war) against Kauravas.
Lord Krishna’s poor friend Sudama received his windfall on Akshaya Tritiya
Significance of Akshaya Tritiya
Though Akshaya Tritiya has many legends, without any doubt Hindus believe that it is a day that brings good luck and prosperity. Wedding season is at its peak in Akshaya Tritiya. The festival of Akshaya Tritiya is considered as golden season for jewelers and they eye this day to boost sales. It is also a day Silver and Real estate sales reach its peak.