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Akshaya Tritiya

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Introduction

Akshaya Tritiya is celebrated on the third day of the Shukla paksha of the Indian month of Vaisakh. According to the Gregorian calendar, this falls in the month of April-May. It is on this day that both the Sun and the moon are said to be at their planetary best. This day is also known as 'Akha Teej'

According to Hindu scriptures and Purana(s), Satya Yuga ended and Treta Yuga began on the day of Akshaya Tritiya. Hence, Akshaya Tritiya is Yugadi Tithi and the day has great religious significance for most Hindu families.

 

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History of Akshaya Tritiya

It is considered as one of the most important days for Hindu community as it is the day of the birth of the Lord Parasurama. Hindus celebrate this day because, according to them, Akshaya Tritiya is the day when the great God of Wisdom, God Ganesha, started writing the epic work called "Mahabharata". It is believed that when the Pandavas were in exile the Lord presented them a bowl which was named Akshaya Tritiya. That bowl was never empty and produces an unlimited amount of food on demand.

The most popular story regarding the celebration of Akshaya Tritiya is that Lord Karishna and Sudama were friends during their childhood. Sudama was poor and he went to Karishna to ask him for some financial help or to give him money as a gift as a friend. Sudama did not have anything else except the pouch of Poha and he felt ashamed when he gave it to Karishna as he treated Poha as a king. His poor friend was overwhelmed by the hospitality shown by the Lord Karishna that he could not ask his friend for financial support which led him to go home empty-handed. When he arrived at his home he saw that his run-down hut was converted into a palace and his family was wearing royal attire. Sudama knew that this was the blessing of his friend Krishna who blessed him with more wealth than he needed or could ever imagine. This is why Akshaya Tritiya is associated with material gains.

 

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How to celebrate Akshaya Tritiya

Akshaya Tritiya is now not only celebrated by the hindus but also believed by other religion people. The people take a head bath and clean the house neat and clean and do poojas to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi. Vishnu Sahasranama Stotra, 1008 names of Vishnu is recited on this day. Some people perform Lakshmi kubera homa, a homa done to kuberan (God of wealth) on this day. There is a belief that "if we fill our house with the fragrance of agarbathis and sambranis our life will also be filled with joy and prosperity". White color which symbolizes purity has got a great significance on this day. So people celebrate the day by wearing white costumes, jasmine flowers and do pal payasam.

 

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