The fortunate day when Sun, Moon and Jupiter comes under ‘Mrigshira Nakshatra’ and considered the best for beginning new phases of life; is known as Akshaya Tritiya (अक्षय तृतीया). This is marked as an important day in the Hindu and Jain calendar, for they believe that any venture initiated on this day gives a sure shot success and fortune; since ‘Akshaya’ refers to ‘Eternal’, one which never diminishes or dies. The third Waxing Moon with an exalted Sun, in the month of Vaishakh is widely celebrated as Akshaya Tritiya (Teej).
This year Akshaya Tritiya is falling on 21st April, 2015.
Significance of Akshaya Tritiya:
It is believed that when Sudama visited Lord Krishna for financial help with just a handful of rice, but later felt humiliated to offer them to the rich supreme king Krishna. Lord Krishna comprehended the situation of his dear friend and started eating that handful of rice. Sudama was shocked to see the laurels of supreme Lord when he came back, as now his hut had been replaced by a palace. At once he understood his grace and was gratified for the immense blessings. This day of Akshaya Tritiya is celebrated for their bond of friendship and materialistic gains.
It is also referred as an important day because our valuable epic ‘Mahabharata’ was begin writing on this day by Ved Vyasa and Ganesh Ji.
The day is also known for the beginning of ‘Satya Yug’- the golden age of truth, which is the first yug of the four yugas.
During the period of Mahabharata when Pandavas were in the forest for exile, on this day Lord Krishna provided them ‘Akshaya Patra’. This bowl never went empty and gave unlimited food on demand.
This day is identified as one of the special days of the year when the planetary positions are in such a way that our mother Earth is super energised and grants all what is asked or said. The third phase of Moon is capable of attracting positive energies along with materialistic gains. So be cautious to what you say or demand on this day, as the Universe has abundant we just need to learn the art of accepting it.
Thus this day is a special offer where devotees invest on the basis of their faith and adore Goddess Lakshmi, Kubera and Lord Ganesha. Sacred animals like Gajas (elephants), ashwas (horses) and cows are also honoured on this day for their sacred powers.