Akshaya Tritiya holds significant importance in the culture of Sanatan Dharma, which is celebrated pan India on the Shukla paksha Tritiya of Vaishnava month. Many people celebrate this day to begin new adventures in their businesses and lives as it is said that anything done or bought today stays forever.
This year Akshaya Tritiya falls on the 3rd of May, and the ‘Muhurat’ or auspicious time to buy gold or silver will begin on May 3rd at 5.39 am and will end on May 4th at 5.38 am. Akshaya Tritiya’s meaning lies within its Sanskrit translation as ‘Akshaya’ means forever and ‘Tritiya’ is third. The gold rate per gram has come down to ₹50,500 per 10 gram from ₹58,000 per 10 gram giving a boost to the consumers. In a PTI report, All India Gem and Jewellery Domestic Council Vice-Chairman Shyam Mehra said that on this auspicious day it is expected to do 25-30 tonne business today all over India.
Several historic stories around Akshaya Tritiya are believed by Hindus all over India, one of them is from the epic story of Mahabharata. According to Indian history, when the Pandavas were in exile, Lord Krishna visited them suddenly. Draupadi, wife of the Pandavas wasn’t able to offer the Lord a proper means which embarrassed the brothers. Seeing this, Lord Krishna gifted them an Akshaya Patra- a bowl that provided endless food for them. Since over centuries it is said to buy gold or silver today believing that the buyer would also be blessed with boundless fortune.
Another story around this auspicious day involves Lord Kuber, the god of wealth. It is said that Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma blessed Lord Kuber today to be the custodian of the wealth of the heavens. Many Hindus worship Lord Kuber and buy certain things today wishing a good fortune in the families. Who doesn’t want to be blessed by Lord Kuber?
Apart from buying things, people also do Yagya, Punya, Jaap, and dan on this day as whatever you do today are said to be never diminishing. Also known as ‘Akha Teej’, it is the day of weddings too. After almost 2 years of the pandemic, the great Indian weddings are back in their full-blown celebration. Although, in many states like Rajasthan child marriages still take place on this occasion.
A controversy revolving around Akshaya Tritiya includes firebrand politician Raj Thackeray. As EID and Akshaya Tritiya is on the same day this year, he appealed to his party workers that they shouldn’t celebrate this Hindu festival in religious harmony. India again recorded stone-pelting in areas of Rajasthan, where section 144 is imposed as stones were pelted amongst two communities. A similar disturbing pattern was seen across India on the occasions of Ram Navmi and Hanuman Jayanti.
Wishing a happy Akshaya Tritiya and good fortune to all our readers!
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