Akshaya Tritiya

by Shatika, April 22, 2015

Akshaya Tritiya, also known as “Akha Teej”, falls on the third day of the bright half of Vaishakh month (April-May), when the Sun and Moon are simultaneously at their peak of brightness, which happens only once every year. Traditionally, it happens to be the day when Lord Parasurama, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu was born.

The word “Akshaya” means imperishable or eternal – that which never diminishes. Initiations made or valuables bought on this day are considered to bring success or good fortune. Buying gold is a popular activity on Akshaya Tritiya, as it is the ultimate symbol of wealth and prosperity. Gold and gold jewelry bought and worn on this day signify never diminishing and always prospering good fortune. People conduct special Pujas on this day, bathe in holy rivers, make a charity and worship Lord Ganesha who is worshiped before starting any new venture & Devi Lakshmi who is the goddess of wealth, on this day.

There are many stories associated with Akshaya Tritiya. It is said that Akshaya Tritiya day marks the beginning of the “SatyaYug” or the Golden Age. In the Puranas, there is a story that says that on this day of Akshay Tritiya, Veda Vyasa along with Ganesha started writing the great epic Mahabharata. It is said that Ganga Devi or Mother Ganges also descended on earth on this day. According to another legend, during the time of the Mahabharata, when the Pandavas were in exile, Lord Krishna, on this day, presented them an ‘Akshaya Patra,’ a bowl which would never go empty and produce an unlimited supply of food on demand.

But the most famous of the Akshaya Tritiya stories is the legend of Lord Krishna and Sudama, his poor Brahmin childhood friend. The tale goes that on this day Sudama came over to Krishna’s palace to request him for some financial help. As a gift for his friend, Sudama had nothing more than a handful of beaten rice or ‘poha’ which he was utterly ashamed of to give it to Krishna, but Krishna took the pouch of ‘poha’ from him and relished having it. Krishna treated his friend like a king. Sudama was so overwhelmed by the warmth and hospitality shown by Krishna that he could not ask for the financial favor and went back home empty handed. But when he reached his place, Sudama was shocked to see his old hut transformed into a palace! He found his family dressed in royal attire and everything around was new and expensive. Sudama knew that it was a boon from Krishna, who blessed him with more than the wealth he actually intended to ask for.

Thus, Akshaya Tritiya is associated with material gains and wealth acquisition. Considered to be one of the most auspicious days of the Hindu Calendar, it is believed that any meaningful activity started on this day would be fruitful. We Indians celebrate weddings, begin new business ventures, and even plan long journeys on this day.

Be it planning weddings or welcoming goddess Lakshmi, traditional silk saris make a perfect drape and are the demand of the hour. From the royal Banarsi sarees up north to the regal Dharmavarams down south, at Shatika we have a wide range of sarees with pure gold zari borders and booties in various weaves and textiles. Get on to our website to take a peek at our exclusive collection this festive season.

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