Akshaya Tritiya is also known as Navanna Parvam and Akha Teej and commemorated with full enthusiasm and devotion by Jains and Hindus. It is celebrated on the third Tithi (Lunar Day) of bright half (Shukla Paksh) in the Hindu month, Vaishaka. Akha Teej is a promising occasion to invest in shares or to start any new venture as it is believed that by doing so ends in good results.Akshaya Tritiya Legends
Legend of Lord Parshurama
Lord Parshurama Jayanti is also observed on the same day and in several parts of country. As per this legend, Lord Parshurama took birth on this day and he was the 6th living form of the Lord Vishnu.
The Mahabharata Connection
As per this mythological tale, it was the on this day Lord Ganesha started writing this great epic under Ved Vyasa’s dictation. It is also mentioned in this epic that Lord Krishna bestowed Pandavas an Akshaya Patra during their exile. The Akshaya Patra was a bowl that never went empty and on demand, it used to give unlimited supply of food.
Legend of Sudama and Lord Krishna
Another legend says that on the auspicious occasion of Akshaya Tritiya, Lord Krishna met his childhood friend Sudama after a long time. Sudama came to Krishna’s home to seek financial help. When Lord Krishna saw him, he followed the old age principle of ‘Athithi Devo Bhava’, which means guest is like God. Sudama was overwhelmed by Krishna’s care and couldn’t ask for financial aid. However, when he came back to his home, Sudama saw that his old hut was changed into a grand palace and after this, he never asked for help from Lord Krishna.
Customs and Tradtions of Akshaya Tritiya
Gaja Puja or “Gaja Dhanaakarshana Puja” is performed on Akshaya Tritiya, here Gaja stands for elephant, Dhan means prosperity and wealth, and Aaakarshan symbolizes attraction. The puja is conducted by people to get sustain prosperity and wealth. At the beginning, the elephant is cleaned with holy water and then dressed up and bedecked. Priests chant several holy mantras while worshipers offer sweets, fruits, flowers, and incense sticks to the God.
People also buy and wear gold, which is an ultimate sign of prosperity and wealth. It is believed that buying of gold invites the Goddess of wealth, Lakshmi. On Akshaya Tritiya, articles like gold, umbrellas, cows etc are bestowed to family gurus. Charity in the form of money, sweets, fruits, vegetables, wheat, rice, ghee, and clothes are given to the deprived ones to