Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Akshaya Tritiya - Eternal Success

Akshaya Tritiya-Tuesday,  21st April 2015 is a momentous occasion, which is considered one of the most auspicious days by Hindus and Jains. It is considered as one of the most important days for  the Hindus as it is the day of the birth of the Lord Parasurama. Hindus considers this day as a lucky day and believes that any venture such as a business or the construction of a building started on that day will follow betterment and prosperity. Akshaya Tritiya is a one day festive celebrated in the mid-month  of  April or early May. 
Akshaya Tritiya
Akshaya Tritiya

 Most  Hindus celebrate this day, as per  belief, Akshaya Tritiya is the day when the God  of Wisdom, Lord Ganesha,  and the  great  Sage Ved Vyas  began to write Mahabharata

Akshaya Tritiya -   Golden  Luck

Golden Luck
Any initiative made on that day or anything bought on that day is considered to be a great fortune. The most popular belief is the buying of gold and it is believed it will be a sign of good fortune,   prosperity for the buyer. New business or new venture’s, wedding celebrations are planned in advance for Akshaya Tritiya.

Akshaya Tritiya Stories:

According to legend, it’s believed that during the time of the Mahabharata, when the Pandavas were in exile, Lord Krishna, on this day, presented them a bowl named ‘Akshaya Patra,' which would never go empty and produce an unlimited supply of food on demand.

Akshaya Tritiya -  Stories
The most favorite Akshaya Tritiya story is the legend of Lord Krishna and Sudama, childhood friend. As the tale goes, on this day, Sudama came over to Krishna's palace to ask him for some financial support. As a gift Krishna, Sudama had nothing more than a handful of beaten rice or 'poha'. So, he was embarrassed to give it to Krishna, but Krishna took the pouch of 'poha' from him and relished having it.

Sudama was so overwhelmed by the hospitality shown by Krishna that he could not request for the financial favor and returned home empty handed. When he home, Sudama's old hut was transformed into a palace and his family dressed in royal attire. Sudama at once knew it was a blessing   from Lord    Krishna, who endowed him with more than the wealth he actually could dream of. Akshaya Tritiya is therefore, associated with material gains and wealth acquisition.

Akshaya Tritiya Observances
On Akshaya Tritiya Hindus worship Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi and purchase gold, whereas the Jains the image of Lord Rishabhadeva.  The Lord is bathed with sugarcane juice and a special worship ritual is performed to commemorate Lord Rishabha's ending his one-year fast by consuming sugarcane juice poured into his cupped hands.

Significance of Akshay Tritiya 
1. Lord Parashurama appeared on this day.
2.Ganges descended to Earth on this day.
3.This day marks the beginning of Treta-yuga.
4.Sudama visited Krishna at Dwaraka.
5.Pandavas received Akshaya Patra from Sund God.
6.Vyasadeva started composing Mahabharata on this day.
7.Adi Sankaracharya composed Kanakadhara Stotram on this day
8. Kubera received his wealth and position as custodian of wealth and It is said that Goddess Annapoorna Devi appeared on this day. 
9.The construction of the charitos for Ratha Yatra begins on the day of Akshaya Tritiya.
10. In the temple of Kshira-chora Gopinatha (Remuna, Orissa) the Deities of Madana-mohana, Govinda and Gopinatha are smeared with sandalwood pulp on this auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya.

references :ISKCON Desire Tree 

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