Akshaya Tritiya: Significance, History
The day of Akshaya Tritiya holds great significance for the Hindus and Jains. They perform various rituals on this day to keep their mind and heart sacred. Following the advice of the shastras, some people observe fast on this day and worship Lord Krishna with 16 items of puja, called Shodashopchar Puja. People visit temples and offer items such as grains, wheat, rice, clothes, gold, gemstones, water, etc. in charity to the Brahmins and the poor and needy people. Many people organise a big community feast called bhandara and feed people.
It is also a custom to purchase some gold and other valuable items on this day as it is believed that purchasing gold will provide one with the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi and allow prosperity and wealth to flourish at home.
The celebration of every festival in Vedic religion is associated with a story mentioned in the scriptures. The pious day of Akshaya Tritiya, blessed by Lord Vishnu, is loaded with spiritual significance.
According to Shiva Purana, on Akshaya Tritiya day, Kubera was made the Lord of riches and banker of Heaven by Lord Shiva
On Akshaya Tritiya, Goddess Parvati incarnated as Goddess Annapurna and Lord Shiva received biksha (alms) from her. It is believed that by feeding Lord Shiva, Goddess Annapurna feeds the entire universe
According to Mahabharata, on this day Lord Krishna gifted a divine vessel called ‘Akshaya Patra’ to Draupadi, wife of 5 Pandava brothers, during their exile period. This vessel miraculously produced food as and when required for any number of people
Parasurama, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, was born to Sage Jamadagni and his wife Renuka on Akshaya Tritiya during Pradosham time
It is believed that the holiest river Ganga came down to the earth plane on this day to make mother earth fertile and to quench the thirst of mankind
The great sage Veda Vyasa began the narration of Mahabharata and Lord Ganesha captured it in written form on Akshaya Tritiya day
According to the scriptures, it was on Akshaya Tritiya day Lord Krishna blessed his childhood friend Sudama with material riches