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Festival – Akshaya Tritiya

Akshaya Tritiya, also known as “Akha Teej”, is traditionally the birthday of Lord Parasurama, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. People conduct special Pujas on this day, bathe in holy rivers, make a charity, offer barley in a sacred fire, and worship Lord Ganesha & Devi Lakshmi on this day.

Akshaya Tritiya marks the beginning of the Treta Yug. The birthday of Parashurama, the sixth incarnation of Vishnu falls on this day. In the “Puranas”, the holy Hindu scriptures, there is a story that says that on this day of Akshay Tritiya Vedavyas along with Lord Ganesha started writing the great epic Mahabharata. Ganga Devi or Mother Ganges also descended to earth on this day.

This is one of the most auspicious days according to the Hindu calendar. The day on which Moon, Sun and Jupiter unitedly come under Mrigshira Nakshatra is called Akshay Tritiya.

Akshay Tritiya”,the holy day when many perform puja to start a business. According to the Hindu customs, many choose to perform the pujas for Business,bathe in holy rivers, make a charity, offer barley in a sacred fire, and worship Lord Ganesha & Devi Lakshmi on the holy day of “Akshay Tritiya”. It is considered a good time to invest in gold and diamonds. It is believed that whatever is bought on this day, will remain forever.
Akshaya Tritiya also referred as Akha Teej is considered the most auspicious days of all by Hindus in India. The pious day of Akshay Trithiya falls on the third day (Tithi) of Bright phase of moon (Shukla Paksha) of Hindu month of Vaishakha. The name Akshay Trithiya describes the special planetary positions of Moon, Sun and Jupiter, as on this day all three unanimously come under Mrigshira Nakshatra. Moon and Sun both glow at their brightest level, indicating the auspiciousness of the day.
The day of Akshay Trithiya is considered highly auspicious by Hindus as the day is thought to bring good fortune and prosperity for every one. The literal meaning of Akshay in Sanskrit means imperishable or “never diminishing” and thus the day is believed to be the best time for beginning new ventures or investing money in precious metals and land.

Myths and Legends:
Akshay Trithiya is also referred as golden day of eternal success as the Golden Age or the first of the four Yugas, Satya yug began on this day. Akha Teej also marks the birthday of Sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu – Lord Parshuram. The auspicious day also holds special importance as the holy river Ganga also descended down to earth from heaven on the same day. Vedavyas along with Lord Ganesha started writing the great Hindu scriptures, Mahabharatha on this day of Akshay Trithiya.
The first Tirthankar in Jainism Bhagwan Rishabdev also broke his fasting spell of one year by taking juice on the day of Akha Teej.

Special Significance:
Akshaya Tritiya is also called Navanna Parvam. Akshaya Tritiya falling in a conjunction with Rohini star day is considered more auspicious.
The importance of Akshaya Tritiya appreciates when it falls on a Monday.

शास्त्रों में अक्षय तृतीया एवं अक्षय तृतीया का माहात्म्य

# शुभ व पूजनीय कार्य इस दिन होते हैं, जिनसे प्राणियों (मनुष्यों) का जीवन धन्य हो जाता है।

# इस दिन से सतयुग और त्रेतायुग का आरंभ माना जाता है।

# श्री परशुरामजी का अवतरण भी इसी दिन हु‌आ था।

# इसी दिन श्री बद्रीनारायण के पट खुलते हैं।*

# नर-नारायण ने भी इसी दिन अवतार लिया था।

# हयग्रीव का अवतार भी इसी दिन हु‌आ था।

# वृंदावन के श्री बाँकेबिहारीजी के मंदिर में केवल इसी दिन श्रीविग्रह के चरण-दर्शन होते हैं अन्यथा पूरे वर्ष वस्त्रों से ढँके रहते हैं।

# जो मनुष्य इस दिन गंगा स्नान करता है, उसे पापों से मुक्ति मिलती है।

# इस दिन परशुरामजी की पूजा करके उन्हें अर्घ्य देने का बड़ा माहात्म्य माना गया है।

# श्रीकृष्ण ने भी कहा है कि यह तिथि परम पुण्यमय है। इस दिन दोपहर से पूर्व स्नान, जप, तप, होम, स्वाध्याय, पितृ-तर्पण तथा दान आदि करने वाला महाभाग अक्षय पुण्यफल का भागी होता है।

 

 

 

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