MAY

TH 6

2011

WHAT IS THE DATE ABOUT ?

it is normal to see many of the new ventures. Nowadays jewellers have turned the purity into a marketing gimmick. The day is particularly considered auspicious for starting new ventures. ground breaking for construction on the Akshaya Tritiya.Akshaya Tritiya is an occasion meant to do charity and share what you have with others religiously The word "Akshaya" means the never diminishing in Sanskrit and the day is believed to bring good luck and success. The legend states that any venture initiated on the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya shall continue to grow and bring prosperity. . Hence. It signifies a ancient wisdom the more you share the more you have . like starting a business. especially ventures to share something with others be it your products or services or knowledge. It is believed that if you do a charity on this day you will be blessed and will receive blessings many fold.

Only Bali Pratipda's half day is auspicious.Although there are 3 and half 'Muhurats' mentioned in Hindu astrology and almanac where every second of the day is auspicious and one do not need to look for 'Muhurat'. These Muhurats are Gudi Padva [ new year day when you start new ventures to share something with the society around] Akshay Tritiya [ doing charity by sharing what you have to help others]. Dashahara [sharing knowledge /imparting knowledge to other hence the practice of starting new educational courses etc] and Bali Pratipda. This date starts from Madhyam to Pradosh Kal. It is said that if this date falls on Monday under Rohini Nachtra the fast is considered very fruitful. . Akshay Tritiya is one of them thus the day is ideal to begin new ventures.

Hence. Bhageeratha and taking a holy bath in the river Ganga on this day. which is the beginning of Kritha Yuga. chanting of mantras. Parasurama puja is performed on this day. The author can be reached at drvenganoor@ yahoo. charity. the day of Akshaya Tritiya is observed all over India on several grounds. couples who get married on this day are blessed with gracefulness and bright prospects. Akshaya Tritiya is considered to be the day when Goddess Madhura Meenakshi and Lord Sundaresa got married. The day is the favourite of the Devas as well. but at the core of it is the belief that truth is never destroyed. observance of penance.co. rice for pleasing ancestors yield results that never get lost. A devotee is supposed to perform homa with barley and submit it to Lord Vishnu. The effects of holy acts committed on this day are believed to last throughout the year.µ By ³ Dr Venganoor Balakrishnan is the author of Thaliyola. Hence. He has also written books on the Vedas and Upanishads. a book on Hindu beliefs and rituals. It is said to be his birthday. his abode Kailasa. Draupadi got the Akshayapathra (the ever full vessel) on this day. Sage Sankaracharya brought down a shower of gold gooseberries on this day.) The day of Akshaya Tritiya is connected with Lord Parasurama·s story also. especially on Akshaya Tritiya. Goddess Ganga. Thus.in .´Snanam daanam thapo homa:Swadhyaya: pithru tharppanam Yadasyam kriyathe Kinchit sarvam syaththadihaksyam Aadow krithayugasyeyam yugadisthena kathyate Asyam thithow kshaya mupaithi hritham na daththam thenakshya cha muhibhi: Kaithaksha athritheeyaµ (The grace of performing homas. Brahmanandapuranam recommends worshipping Lord Shiva. bathing in holy river.

the elephant-headed god of wisdom and obstacle removal. Akshay Tritiiya was the day when Veda Vyasa started dictating the epic Mahabharata to Ganesha.According to Hindu mythology. .

the sixth incarnation of god Vishnu. The Puranic scriptures speak about how he reclaimed the land from the sea .It is also traditionally observed as the birthday of Parashurama. .

Goa and Konkan regions. Akshaya Tritiya. . even today. are referred to as Parusurama Kshetra. the third day of the brighthalf of the lunar month of Vaisakha is considered as one of the most sacred days of the year.

The day is generally observed by fasting and worship Lord Vasudeva with rice grains. A dip in the river Ganges on this day is considered to be very auspicious.In Orissa on Akshay Tritiya farmers start ploughing their land and construction of chariots for Rath Yatra begins at Puri. .

The Vedic scriptures [where?] say that knowledge gained or charity done on this day is very fruitful. are given. tamarind. rice. Tulsi water is sprinkled in the nearby are of the idol while performing aarti. This day is also most auspicious day for the Jat farming community. It is considered to be very lucky day to start new business or venture. fruit. a male member of Jat family goes to field with shovel. Vishnu is worshipped on this day. Bengalis perform many rites and rituals on this day.with the worship of Ganeshaand goddess Lakshmi.a ceremony to start the new audit book is performed . Fasts are kept on this day and pujas are performed. salt. In Bengal. Early morning. which are conducted in mass marriage . clothes. fan. "HalKhata" . on the day of the Akshay Tritiiya. ghee. Akshay Tritiiya is also an occasion for weddings. In charity. vegetables. All the animals and birds encountered on the way to the field indicates omen and predictions for rains and crops. sugar.

Lakshmi Tantram says that even Kubera will pray to goddess Lakshmi. the treasurer of the gods. . On this day.It is believed that god Kubera. is the richest deity. on this day. symbolising Kubera. the goddess of wealth and consort of Vishnu. a day-long Kubera Lakshmi Puja is performed in which an image of Lakshmi is worshipped along with Sudarsana Kubera Yantra.

The charity of the day never diminishes. So who-so-ever worship their God or Goddess on Akshay Tritiya receives kind blessings with peace and prosperity. So the purity of the Earth is enhanced by 10 percent on Akshay Tritiya. the positive waves of lord Brahmaji and SriVishannu entered into the Earth from Paradise. Today.In Mahabharath Lord Krishna told Yudhishtir that dear king all kinds of charity and worships done on Akshay Tritiya never diminish. Due to the impact of fast of Akshay Tritiya virtues of a man increases in multiple folds. Therefore our saints and monks named it Akshay Tritiya. .

this day marks the beginning of the Treta Yug and Sat Yug. Akshay Tritiya also marked the great significance of bath in Ganga. The charity of the day never diminishes. rise. salt. Ghee. . One should donate handfan. sugar. clothes etc. tamarind.According to the Puranas.

.The day also marks the opening of doors of Badrinath or one can also offer 'Bhog' of wet pulses and mishri to lord Badrinath.

the sixth incarnation of Vishnu falls on this day. . Haygreeve also took avatar on Akshay Tritiya. The tradition of donating sugar and sattu to Brahmins is also in practice on Akshay Tritiya. So the day is also marked as a 'Parashuram Avataran Diwas'or 'Parashuram Jayanti'. The birthday of Parashurama.Devotee could also take a rare view of feet of lord Shrivigrah at Shri Bakebihari Mandir in Vrindavan.

Oh dear God! I am very eager to know about Akshaya Tritiya. kalash. havan. wheat.Dear King! Akhaya Tritiya is a very sacred date. He came to know the importance of Akshaya Tritiya from a pundit. fruits. clothes. virtuous and worshiper of cow. sugar. lentils. theist. cucumber. tap. Mahadev was denied by his wife and relatives. umbrella. rice. sattu.The legend behind Akshaya Tritiya One day King Yudhisthira asked Sri Krishna. salt. watermelon and alms. pritra-tarpan and charity on this day got imperishable virtues. He was so worried due to his big family. Ghee. vegetables. watch. But he was not deterred from his dharma and charity. Mahadev followed the procedure of the fast. Oh Yudhisthira! There was a Vaishya named Mahahdev who was very poor. hand-fan. He also donated laddus of coconut. swadhyaya. He took holy dip in the Ganga followed by offering to forefathers and deities. jap. barley. Lord Sri Krishna replied. . dev and brahmins. One who observes the bathe before afternoon. He was also suffering from diseases due to his old age. tamarind. So please explain me the significance of Akshaya Tritiya. And due to the impact of his fast he became the king of Kushavati Nagari.

or by worshiping here. It is on this day Lord Siva blessed Goddess Lakshmi with wealth. In fact Lord Siva made Kubera as Lord of wealth and Lakshmi as Goddess of wealth. Kubera. Buried underneath the land surrounding the temple are thousands of Sivalingams.Mythologically speaking. . Kubera worshiped Lord Siva in the temple at Sivapuram. your bad money karma will be dissolved. Just by stepping on the ground here. they say. the treasurer in Heaven received his wealth on this day from Siva.

Siva disguised himself as a beggar (for Bikshaatana) and approached Annapurani for food. This event happened at the Thirumanthurai temple. The second one was Annapurani. Siva·s begging is a symbolic act. One is Parasurama.According to another legend. a special form of Parvati who feeds the hungry. . They received wealth on this day. He is the lord of the Universe. Two people were born on this 3rd moon. Also on this day Avatars (Gods incarnation on the earth plane) were blessed to rule their countries. the warrior Brahmin who destroyed all his enemies and then became a sage. like us!!). Why should he beg? The answer is he begs for all his beggars (the impoverished lots. the "Akshaya bowl" which creates unlimited food was given to the great king Yudhishtira on this day. Annapurani fed Siva on this day.

Since it was Lord Siva who on this day bestowed Kubera as the Lord and Lakshmi as the Goddess of wealth. worshiping Lord Siva on this day and chanting the mantra. and chant "SrimathE nArAyaNa namah: ". In this temple. mind you. Lord Ganesha seems to have gifted the Akshaya bowl (divine vessel of inexhaustible food) to Garuda (the Vehicle of lord Vishnu).Also as per another legend connected with Arasar Koil. All the above incidences happened in Arasar Koil temple only in the previous Yugas. Garuda while worshiping Lord Surya Narayana (the Sun God) offered food to the deity in this golden Akshaya bowl. ´Om Namah Sivaayaµ will bring in abundance and prosperity in one·s life. Lord Ganesha is in front of Goddess Mahalakshmi' s Sanctum and is known as Akshaya Vinayakar. . Let the Srivaishnavite's differ on this. He is also known as Sri Lakshmi Ganapathy. Garuda worshiped Lakshmi who happens to reside in this temple and Goddess Lakshmi offered this Akshaya bowl in gold to Garuda.

3th day from new-moon day known as Tritiya. Poojas and charity acts will yield good results on this special 3rd moon day.e. Also donation of umbrellas and chapels (sandals) for poor children are recommended by some. i. .Feeding the poor is the most important charitable act. a day for charity.

e. piety & all good have been commercialized. The only auspicious day to buy gold ornaments stated to be of Guru-Pushya day i. These are all the ploy and gimmicks made by the vested interests to hard-sell their product to the gullible in the name of religious faith. the industry related advertisements are making the general public crazy for buying. Sure. when Pushya nakshatra falls on any Thursday in any month. And certainly not on Akshaya Thrutheeyai day. . Sadly purity.Buying of Gold and Jewellery items is certainly not listed in the Vedic scripts.

donations and rites observed on this day yield never-ending grace.The homa. Puranas say that pujas performed on the day of Akshaya tritiya purged Baanasura. . japa (chanting). In Bhavishyothara Purana. prayer. theerthasnaana (taking bath in the holy river). of all his sins and empowered him to resist the attacks of Devas. a mythical character. it has been pointed out that fasting on this day and offering rice to Lord Vishnu will cure one of all the sins one has committed till that day.

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