Eternal Abundance: The Significance of Akshaya Tritiya

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Bhargavii Mani
Bhargavii Mani
Bhargavii Mani returned to Chennai in 2010 after a successful stint in design firms abroad. Recognizing a gap in Chennai's Corporate Design scene, she founded Bhargavii Mani & Consultants in 2011. Her expertise in creative arts and strategy led to a diverse clientele. Beyond branding, she excels in photography, interior design, and promoting traditional South Indian art through the Kolam Podu project.

Akshaya Tritiya, a day of immense significance according to Hindu Shastras and Puranas, is celebrated with great fervor and devotion. This auspicious day is marked by several important incidents and traditions that highlight its spiritual and cultural importance.

  1. One notable event associated with Akshaya Tritiya is the beginning of the epic Mahabharata. It is believed that on this day, Lord Ganesha and Veda Vyasa started writing this monumental scripture. Additionally, the goddess of nourishment and food, Goddess Annapoorna, is believed to have been born on Akshaya Tritiya.
  2. The day also commemorates the birth anniversary of Lord Parashurama, the sixth avatar of Lord Vishnu. This adds to the day’s importance, as Parashurama is revered for his role in protecting dharma and righteousness.
  3. A popular story that many have grown up hearing is the tale of Krishna and Sudama. On this day, the poor friend Sudama was blessed with unlimited wealth and abundance by his close friend, Lord Krishna. This story emphasizes the themes of friendship, generosity, and divine blessings associated with Akshaya Tritiya.
  4. Another significant event believed to have occurred on this day is the descent of Ganga, also referred to as Bhagirathi, from heaven to earth. This divine event was facilitated by King Bhagirata of Kosala and underscores the day’s spiritual importance.
  5. The Mahabharata also recounts that Lord Krishna gifted the Pandavas the Akshaya Patra, a magical vessel that provided an endless supply of food, on this day. Furthermore, Lord Kubera, the treasurer of the gods, is believed to have prayed to Goddess Lakshmi and was appointed as the treasurer on Akshaya Tritiya.

Kubera and Goddess Lakshmi are both revered during Akshaya Tritiya. But who exactly is Kubera, and why is he prayed to? Kubera is not only worshipped on this special day but can be prayed to every day for wealth and prosperity. According to legend, Lord Shiva appointed Kubera as the ruler of the Yakshas, semi-divine beings associated with wealth and nature. Kubera is said to reside in the mythical city of Alaka in the Himalayas. Interestingly, the color green is associated with Kubera, mirroring how green represents money across various cultures worldwide.

There are many pujas dedicated to Lord Kubera, and during these rituals, the sacred thread given to devotees to wear on their wrist is typically green. This practice further reinforces the association of Kubera with wealth and prosperity.

In summary, Akshaya Tritiya is a day that celebrates eternal prosperity and auspicious beginnings. By understanding the stories and significance behind this day, we can appreciate the deep cultural and spiritual heritage it represents. Whether through the purchase of gold, prayers to Kubera, or acts of charity, observing Akshaya Tritiya connects us with timeless traditions that continue to bring abundance and blessings into our lives.

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