HAPPY AKSHAYA TRITIYA – A DAY OF RECKONING BRINGING HAPPINESS TO ALL
Akshaya is a Sankrit word which means which remain unrivalled or which remains undefeated or which remains eternal. Besides Trititya is the THID DAY of eternal peace and prosperity. This day is also associated with joy, hope, expectation and inculcating a win-win mindset. We pray to Lord Vishnu (With Strong Vibrating Mantra: Om Namo Bhagwate Vasudevaya with lyrics ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय) to bestow all humanity good health and wellness especially during the difficult and trying times of COVID-19 pandemic.
This festival is also known as Akti o Akha Teej festival. This festival is celebrated in the months of April or May (in the Gregorian calendar) in accordance with lunar-solar Hindu Calander of Shukla Paksha of Vaisakha month.
Today is also the most sacred day since today is the Parasurama Jyanti – the birthday of Lord Parasurama (The Sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu). He became instrument in removing evil from the society which was prevalent during that period.
On this propitious and most auspicious day, Sudama, the childhood Gopa (Friend) of Shri Krishna met him at his Kingdom at Dwarka. He had brought some flattened rice with him as a present for his childhood friend which he desisted to give him since he thought that Shri Krishna may not like his present. But Shri Krishna accepted the offering whole-heartedly and relished the same. After that Lord Krishna gave him riches and also blessings by which his friends fortune changed in its entreaty besides showering him with precious gifts. That is the reason why people perform charity according to your propensity.
Akshey Tritiya is auspicious day since the temples Yamunotri and Gangotri temple are opened for the dharshan of people in general.
Legend have it that Lord Kubera (the Lord of wealth and wellness) received his status of wealth as the Lord of Wealth on this auspicious day.
People start their new enterprises and businesses besides investing their money in precious metals (gold and other metals).
Women folks pray for the peace and prosperity of their male members in the family, People also distribute sprouted grams, fresh fruits, food items and sweets to the needy along with distributing provision of clean water and other health giving drinks such as sugarcane juice to the needy.
The farmers too starts their sowing paddy for their Kharif season. People also pray to Mother Earth for prosperity.
It is a most significant and auspicious day since on this day holy river Ganga descended on to the earth after severest meditation of King BhagiRatha to Lord Shiva – a most benevolent of the Trinities responsible for destruction for recreation. As a boon of penance Maa Ganga Ji descended on to the earth and helped his ancestors attain liberation. Ganga Maa Ji is considered sacred river since mere a bath in the sacred river along with sincere our prayers in this river removes our misdeed Paap Harni Maa along with cleanses our inner self. Hindus immerse the last remains after cremation in the Ganga Ji for Mokshha of the departed soul and peace and prosperity of the entire family.
It is the day when Rishi Ved Vyasa dictated Mahabhaata to Lord Ganesha (The one who is known for His memory and far-sightedness).
People purchase precious metals along with utensils. People also give alms to the needy on this day especially food items.
On this day, Lord Krishna met Pandava in the forestswhile they were on exile and presented Akshaya Patra to Daupadi which helped the Pandavas to have food whenever required.
As this day is of multifaceted and most auspicious since it is connected with so many deities: Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva, Lord Krishna, Lord Shiva, and many rishis of repute therefore, my prayer to all is to bestow the humanity happiness, joy, peace and prosperity.