Akshaya Tritiya: Why and How Is the Festival Celebrated?

Updated on September 6, 2019

India is the land of festivals, each with its own significance. One of the most important festivals celebrated by Hindus and Jains is Akshaya Tritiya. This festival falls on the third bright day of the Hindu month Vaisakha (late April–early May according to the Gregorian calendar).

Akshaya means ‘never diminishing’, and this day is celebrated to welcome prosperity and good luck into our lives.

Significance of Akshaya Tritiya

This festival, which is also known as Akha Teej, heralds the beginning of Treta Yug—the Golden Age. This day is marked by various events and legends, all with a common underlying message of prosperity.

Descent of Ganges

When his kingdom was suffering from the curse of his forefathers, King Bhagiratha of Kosala performed rigorous penance to seek the blessings of Lord Brahma. In return, the creator of the universe, Lord Brahma, asked his daughter, Ganga, to descend from the heavens.

The mighty river descended from the heavens on Akshaya Tritiya. However, the mighty roar and the volume of the Ganges was feared by all. At the request of King Bhagiratha, Lord Shiva captured the river in his matted knot of hair. Realizing her vanity, Ganga finally cascaded in a mild manner on the lands of India.

Ganga is now the largest and the holiest river in the country.

Birth of Lord Parashurama

This day is also celebrated as Parashurama Jayanthi, the birthday of Lord Parashurama. He is the sixth avatar of Lord Vishnu and was the first warrior saint. He is known for his battle axe, which was a gift from Lord Shiva when he was impressed by Parashurama’s penance. Lord Shiva also taught him various methods of warfare and other skills.

Legends Related to Mahabharata

It is believed that Ved Vyasa began the composition of the Mahabharata on Akshaya Tritiya. He then narrated the story to Lord Ganesha who penned the epic.

Another myth related to this holidat and Mahabharata is the story of ‘Akshaya Patram’. The five Pandavas along with their wife were exiled into the forest by their cousins. During their exile, they found it difficult to get food. Taking pity on their situation, Lord Krishna presented the bowl that gave unlimited food.

This is the reason people buy gold and make investments on Akshaya Tritiya as the value of the item bought will always increase in value, just like the ‘Akshaya Patram’.

Significance in Jainism

Akshaya Tritiya is an important festival in Jainism. It is related to the story of Adinath, also known as Rishabhadeva, the first of 24 Tirthankaras. Lord Adinath was the ruler of Ayodhya and when he received spiritual awareness, he renounced all material things and went on meditation for six months without food.

After his meditation, he went out to seek food (ahara). But since Jainism wasn’t practiced in India, people didn’t know what to offer their then-ruler and gave him everything from clothes to jewellery. But since Jain monks do not own anything, Adinath did not accept anything, nor did he ask for what he wanted exactly as monks do not ask for anything.

Later, King Shreyansa understood his needs and offered him sugarcane juice. Lord Adinath broke his fast after one year by consuming the juice. This instance happened on Akshaya Tritiya.

Story of Lord Krishna and Sudama

There is another legend associated with this holiday. It is the story of Lord Krishna and his friend Sudama. On this day, Sudama visited his friend Krishna to seek financial help. Krishna welcomed Sudama with full hospitality. Humbled by the treatment, Sudama offered Krishna the only thing he had with him, a bag of Poha (beaten rice).

Sudama didn’t ask about his favour and went home empty-handed, as he was ashamed of giving such a meager gift in return. However, when Sudama returned home, he found a palace standing in place of his hut. He realized that Krishna had given him more than what he had asked for. And hence, Akshaya Tritiya shows that you will receive in abundance.

Happy Akshaya Tritiya 2017
Happy Akshaya Tritiya 2017

Activities on Akshaya Tritiya

This is a special day when you don’t require Muhurta (auspicious time) to begin ventures or make investments, as the entire day is considered auspicious.

Make Investments

On this day, people buy gold, silver and other investments hoping to get ‘never diminishing’ rewards of the auspicious day. People also buy cars and invest in property.

Get Married or Celebrate a Birthday

It is also a popular day for marriages and birthdays.

Give to Charity

People also believe in doing charity on this holiday. They offer food, clothes, land and other necessities to poor people to gain good merit. They also offer food to animals.

Perform a Special Puja

On Akshaya Tritiya, people also perform special Puja to welcome good luck and good merit. People worship horses, (Ashwa Puja for bringing mental peace), cows (Gou Puja for seeking love) and elephants (Gaja Puja for wealth and prosperity).

Akshaya Tritiya Mahalakshmi Puja is also performed to seek blessings from the Goddess of Wealth.

How Do You Celebrate Akshaya Tritiya?

See results

© 2017 aurobliss


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, holidappy.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://maven.io/company/pages/privacy

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)