Why Akshaya Tritiya Means More Than Buying Gold

It’s a good day to buy gold!” -Indian Jewelry Stores everywhere 

Consumerism doesn’t just get the best of us on Valentine’s Day, so many of our cultural festivals have become more of a mall advertisement then an actual occasion. While investing in gold is a popular choice on Akshaya Tritiya did you know it’s a wonderful day to help others and start something new? Investing in yourself, helping those less fortunate and feeding the hungry are all ways you can celebrate this festival.

Why Akshaya Tritiya Means More Than Buying Gold

Akshaya Tritiya is celebrated according to the lunar calendar. On this day when the Sun and Moon are simultaneously at their peak of brightness. Due to cosmic energy and positivity being at such a surge and this phenomenon of nature happening only once every year, it’s considered a day that brings good luck and prosperity “forever”, as Akshaya means in Sanskrit to anyone that celebrates it.

Here are some significant events that happened on this day according to our scriptures and the reason to our celebrations:

  • It’s the birthday of Lord Parasurama, the 6th avatar of Lord Vishnu. — hence the importance of prayer on this day. 
  • On this day, the Pandavas received Akshaya pathra (bowl) from Lord Krishna and thus were able to get unlimited food during their exile. — hence the importance of Annadahan, food charity. 
  • It’s the day Veda Vyasa started reciting the Mahabharata with Lord Ganesha writing it. — hence the importance of starting new chapters in one’s life, businesses, marriage, etc. 
  • On this day Lord Kuber took his position as the protector of wealth and worldly riches. — hence the acquisition of gold and jewelry became very popular. 

Why Akshaya Tritiya Means More Than Buying Gold
Other tales about Akshaya Tritiya:

  • River Ganges descended to Earth on this day
  • This day marks the beginning of Treta-yuga
  • Sudama visited Krishna at Dwaraka
  • Adi Shankaracharya composed Kanakadhara Stotram on this day
  • Goddess Annapoorna Devi appeared on this day.

On a day where abundance takes center stage, let’s remember the kind act of giving is a thousand times more powerful than that of receiving.

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