Why We Celebrate Akshaya Tritiya?
Of the many festivals celebrated Hindus and Jains, Akshaya Tritiya is another prominent festival which holds an important place in Indian culture. It falls on the third lunar day of Shukla Paksha in the month of Vaishakha according to the lunar calendar of Hindus. It was on Akshay Tritiya that Lord Parshuram, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, was also born. Moreover, Lord Ganesha, on being oraly dictated by sage Veda Vyas, began to write Mahabharata on this very day.
When Is Akshaya Tritiya ?
There also the legend of Krishna-Sudama. Lord Krishna and Sudama, poor Brahmin, were childhood friends. Many years later, Sudama, now an out of work Brahmin, went to meet Lord Krishna at his palace. Seeing his childhood friends after so many years, Krishna was overjoyed and welcomed Sudama with open arms. Since guests are always like God, Krishna treated Sudama with great respect. Sudama came to ask for some financial help from Krishna but seeing how nicely Krishna’s overwhelming warmth, he decided to leave without saying anything about his troubles.
When Sudama arrived at his hut, instead of it, there stood a palace. He found his family wearing brand new clothes and realized he was richer now. Sudama understood that his childhood friend Krishna knew about his condition and helped him in his need. This is why, it is believed, brings good luck and success to all. Also, it is believed that any new endeavor taken up on the day of Akshaya Tritiya always succeeds and grows bringing prosperity.