Akshaya Tritiya - an auspicious day in Hindu Calendar
Akshaya Tritiya also referred as Akha Teej is one of the most auspicious days of the Hindu Calendar. It is celebrated in most parts of India including Bengal, Orissa and other places of the country. Akshaya Tritiya falls on the third day of the bright half of the lunar month of Vaisakha of the traditional Hindu Calendar. The word Akshaya, a Sanskrit word, means “that which never diminishes” and the day is believed to bring good luck and success. In 2011, the date of Akshaya Tritiya is May6, Friday.
Religious significance of Akshaya Tritiya
According to Hindu mythology, Akshaya Tritiya was the day when Ved Vyasa started dictating the epic Mahabharata to Ganesha, the elephant-headed God of wisdom and obstacle removal. The day is also the birthday of Lord Parashuram, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. According to other beliefs, this day marks the beginning of Satya Yuga, the first of the four Yugas – Satya, Treta, Dwapar and Kalyuga.
Akshaya Tritiya Celebrations
Akshaya Tritiya is celebrated with immense excitement and enthusiasm by the people residing in Bengal. People conduct special pujas on this day, bathe in holy rivers, make a charity, visit temples. During Akshaya Tritiya, many people celebrate "Halkhata" or ceremony to start the new audit book. They worship Lord Ganesha and Lord Lakshmi. Then traditional rituals are followed with welcoming customers. Sweets and new year calendars are distributed to guests. The day is ideal for beginning new ventures. It is believed that all investments on this day appreciates. Anything new purchased on this auspicious occasion grows manifold and brings prosperity to the buyer. Buying jewellery like gold or silver is a popular activity on Akshaya Tritiya, as it is the ultimate symbol of wealth and prosperity This day signifies never diminishing good fortune.
HAPPY AKSHAYA TRITIYA