Significance of Akshaya Tritiya
Akshaya Tritiya falls on the third
AKSHAYA TRITIYA - The Legend of this auspicious day is actually connected to the AKSHAYA PATRA given to Draupathi, by SUNGOD, which will ever give food. This day is celebrated every year on third day of the bright half of Vaishakha month. Now read the legend-
Once, while the Pandavas and Draupadi were living here during their exile, he invited Maharsi Durvasa and fed him a sumptuous, delicious meal with great
The Pandavas now became very concerned. What arrangement could be made to feed these
Sri Krsna said, “I cannot do anything without eating and drinking, so please bring your
In a very sad voice Draupadi said, “There is nothing in the pot. I have cleaned it very thoroughly.” “Still, you please bring it. I want to see.”
Draupadi brought the pot and put it in Krsna’s hands. Krsna looked into it and became joyful. A very tiny piece of leafy vegetable was stuck to the side of the pot.
Sri Krsna scraped it off with His nail and put in His mouth. He then filled His stomach with water poured
The great warrior Bhima, club in hand, started towards Vimala Kunda.
After learning what had happened from Sri Krsna, Draupadi and the Pandavas became free from anxiety. If Sri Krsna is satisfied, then the whole universe is satisfied. This is indeed this episode’s message to the world. This
Another legend says, "On this day Shri Krishna has blessed his friend Shri Kuchela with all prosperity.
Kubera, the treasurer in Heaven received his wealth on this day from Siva. 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 worshipped Lord Siva in the temple at Sivapuram. Buried underneath the land surrounding the temple are thousands of Sivalingams. Just by stepping on the ground here, or by worshiping here, your bad money karma will be dissolved, they say.
According to another legend, the "Akshaya bowl" which creates unlimited food was given to the great king Yudhishtira on this day. This event happened
at the Thirumanthurai temple. Also on this day Avatars ( Gods incarnation on the earth plane) were blessed to rule their countries. They received wealth on this day. Two people were born on this 3rd moon. One is Parasurama, the warrior Brahmin who destroyed all his enemies and then became a sage. The second one was Annapurani, a special form of Parvati who feeds the hungry. Annapurani fed Siva on this day. Siva disguised himself as a beggar (for Bikshaatana) and approached Annapurani for food. Siva’s begging is a symbolic act. He is the lord of the Universe. Why should he beg? The answer is he begs for all his beggars (the impoverished lots, like us!!).
In this temple, Lord Ganesha is in front of Goddess Mahalakshmi'
s Sanctum and is known as Akshaya Vinayakar. He is also known as Sri Lakshmi Ganapathy. 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, “Om Namah Sivaaya” will bring in abundance and prosperity in one’s life. Let the Srivaishnavite's differ on this, and chant "SrimathE nArAyaNa namah: ".
Feeding the poor is the most important charitable act. Also donation of umbrellas and chapels (sandals) for poor children are recommended by some.
Poojas and charity acts will yield good results on this special 3rd moon day, i.e.3 rd day from new-moon day known as Tritiya, a day for charity.
- If you do charity, you will conquer the pain of death.
- If you help the poor and down-trodden, you will be blessed in your next birth.
- If you give clothes to poor people, you will get over diseases.
- If you give fruits, you will get higher position in life.
- If you give
butter milk, buttermilk, etc, you will progress in studies.
- If you give grains, you will not die untimely.
- If you perform " Deva
tharpaNam", you will get rid of poverty.
- If you give curd rice, you will get over your negative deeds and you will progress in life
IN THE OLDEN DAYS Sumangalies (Housewives) used to FEED BHRAMINS ON THIS DAY after performing
But of late for the past 2 decades, it
Akshaya Tritiya, is now
Even today Goa and the Konkan are called Parshurama Kshetra. He then settled 96 selected families there, called Shahanavkuli Brahmins, who are said to have created the cultural heritage of this
nart of India. In India gold is regarded as the ultimate symbol of wealth and prosperity. Buying gold and jewellery is a popular activity on Akshaya Tritiya, considering it now as one of the most auspicious days of the year.
Why Is Akshaya Tritiya So Auspicious?
All these stories are based on faith and myths which are age old Indian culture from ancient time. If you carefully go through all the points, it will be clear to you that all stories are denoting the fulfillment of wish, getting blessings of God and the accomplishment of human life.