Akshay Tritiya is considered an auspicious day to start new ventures, buy metal and luxury items and even get married.
Akshaya Tritiya holds special significance in Hindu mythology and beliefs. Falling once in a year, the occasion is considered auspicious as it is said to mark the beginning of the Satya Yug or the Golden era. It is also believed that the 6th incarnation of Lord Vishnu — Lord Parshuram — was born on this day. It is believed that offering prayers to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi on this day ensures prosperity all year round.
Mythology has it that the universe was created on this day and this occasion is celebrated all across the country with much zeal and spirituality. It also marks the start of the summer season, that is why people offer umbrellas, terracotta jugs, fans, slippers and sherbet to the needy on this day.
It is also said that charity to the needy on this day helps one get rid of past sins and be blessed with a happy future. People also observe fast on this day.
The occasion is also considered a gateway for prosperity, luck and peace; and so people buy different metals for their homes, be it steel, copper, brass, silver or gold. It is said that if you buy any precious commodity or luxury item on this day, it remains with you for years and would continue to grow in terms of value.
Many set much store by the relevance of buying gold on this day, and in the belief that buying gold on this day will help one prosper all year round.
Akshay Tritiya is believed to bring good luck and success as well. That is one reason why this day is considered perfect for getting married. Hindus consider this day a special day for weddings and any girl or boy, who has not able to get married due to some reason, can marry on this day without looking for any mahurat or auspicious time. The whole day of Akshay Tritiya is known as an auspicious day.
Not only this, people also choose this day to buy and shift to new houses, start new ventures or businesses. People go and take holy bath in the Ganges and offer prayers to their almighty.
Another mythological significance of the day is that the battle of Mahabharata came to an end on this day. The pilgrimage for the holy shrine of Badrinath starts on this day. Preparation for Rath Yatra also commences from this day.
India is a country of myths and beliefs. There is also a strong belief that Akha Teej, another name for Akshay Tritiya, is very promising for new jobs and important ventures.
The writer is a spiritual seeker and tarot card reader