Akshaya Tritiya is one of the most auspicious festivals for the Hindus and Jains. It is popular for being an ideal time to buy gold jewellery. People believe that anything new and positive started on Akshaya Tritiya will have a successful future. This special day on the lunar calendar is auspicious for starting all kinds of new ventures – from a new business to a new relationship! Buy gold chains, gold rings and other gold accessories as you all know that buying gold on this special day is a harbinger of good fortune. But did you know these fun facts about this Hindu festival and the history behind it.
Hindu mythology states that Lord Ganesha started writing the epic Mahabharata to Ved Vyasa’s dictation on this day. This auspicious day is believed as the beginning of the Treta Yuga. Akshaya Tritiya is also the day when the most sacred river of India, the Ganges, descended on earth from heaven!
Akshaya Tritiya, also known as Akha Teej, and Hindus celebrate it as Lord Parashurama’s birthday. The sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu came on earth on this day that heralded the Satya Yuga or the Golden Age. People traditionally believe that Lord Vishnu rules the day of Akshaya Tritiya.
The Lunar Calendar
In Hindu & Jain lunar calendars, some days of the month are absent in counting and some days are extra. There are three auspicious “Tithis” or lunar days in Hindu astrology. Akshaya Tritiya is a day that is never “absent” from the lunar calendar. Also, it is said that the sun & the moon are at their most exalted phase of brightness on this day!
The Varsitap & The Jat Farmers
The first Tirthankara of the Jains, Rishabhadeva, had started the pious process of fasting on alternate days. Those austere enough to follow the ritual, called Varsitap, break their fast on the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya by drinking sugarcane juice.
Akshaya Tritiya is also a special day for the Jat farming community who follow an interesting tradition on this auspicious day. A male member of every farmer’s family heads to the fields with a shovel early in the morning on this day. All the animals & birds encountered on the way to the field, are seen as omen & prediction for rains & crops for the coming year!