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Akshaya Tritiya falls on one of the greatest and only correct calendar on the earth called “Panchanga” on the “Vaishakha masam”, “Shukla Paksha”, “Tritiya Divasam / Tith (Day)i”.

First let us under the meaning of the words “Akshaya” and “Tritiya”. Akshaya = Something which is long lasting. Something which is of high importance. Some people explain it as immortal. 

But nothing is immortal in the unlimited universes, other than Bhagavan Sri Hari himself.

Tritiya = Third day of the Vaishakha masam (month), Shukla paksha (bright fortnight).

Anything which is done or started on this day will last long and really long. But if somebody does the same on greed purpose, then it is of no use. Just like people buy gold jewelry on this day. 

Yes off-course it is very good to buy gold, but again everything depends on our earlier karmas.  

The gains and loses is decided by Sri Lakshmipati (Bhagavan Sri Vishnu) as per our Karma (our earlier works – this life and previous lives).

Giving charity is one of the main and essentials Karma on Akshaya Tritiya. But we should know that, how it should be done, so that pleases the Supreme Bhagavan Sri Vishnu / Krishna.

Bhagavan Sri Krishna tells in Bhagavad Gita,

पत्रं पुष्पं फलं तोयं यो मे भक्त्या प्रयच्छति । तदहं भक्त्युपहृतमश्नामि प्रयतात्मनः ॥ ९-२६ ॥

ಪತ್ರಂ ಪುಷ್ಪಂ ಫಲಂ ತೋಯಂ ಯೋ ಮೇ ಭಕ್ತ್ಯಾ ಪ್ರಯಚ್ಛತಿ । ತದಹಂ ಭಕ್ತ್ಯುಪಹೃತಮಶ್ನಾಮಿ ಪ್ರಯತಾತ್ಮನಃ ॥ 9-26 ॥

patram pushpam phalam toyam yo me bhaktyaa prayachchhati । tadaham bhaktyupahri’tamashnaami prayata-atmanah’ ॥ 9-26 ॥

Doing ‘pushpam’ (Divine flowers) archana to Bhagavan Sri Krishna.

Meaning:

patram = A single leaf; puspam = A single flower; phalam = A single fruit; toyam = water (little water); yah = Whoever; me = Give to Me (Sri Krishya); bhaktya = With full devotion; prayacchati = Offers;

tat = That; aham = I (Sri Krishna); bhakti-upahri’tam = Offered in true devotion; asnami = Accept; prayata-atmanah = Of one in pious consciousness.

Simple or outer meaning:

If someone offers Me (Sri Krishna) with pure love and devotion a single leaf or a single flower or a single fruit or little bit of water, I will definitely accept it and will surely save the devotee.

But here, Sri Krishna has added a condition. What is that condition?

Only when a true devotee offers at least any one of these with pure and true devotion, then only he will accept what the devotee has offered.

And definitely Sri Krishna will save that devotee and will surely help that devotee without a question.

This was the simple and / or outer meaning of the Bhagavad Gita shloka.

Now, let us know the inner meaning of this shloka:

Doing Parayana (पारायण / ಪಾರಾಯಣ) is like cooking.

If we think we are going to cook a cumbersome and complex dish the first time itself and get it right, will be practically correct? Can you please tell me?

We keep on practicing, missing some or the other ingredients every time, but we don’t stop trying. Until we finally get it right.

Similarly while doing Parayana (पारायण / ಪಾರಾಯಣ), we do to our best possible way, keep on doing, keep on trying to the best of our possible level.

Bhagavan Sri Vishnu doesn’t cares about the minor mistakes and thus we have to have confidence in him.

To get the opportunity to do seva / serve / Parayana itself takes several lives ‘Punya Karmas’ (Divine goods deeds).

We have to try to nullify our mistakes as much as possible. We should always remember that we are living in Kali Yuga and not in Satya Yuga.

There is no 100% surety other than Bhagavan Sri Vishnu.

Do we know how much ‘Punya Karma’ (Divine good deeds) we need to have to stay at any divine Vaishnava Devalaya (Divine Temple) for 7 days continuously and do Seva (Divinely serving)?

Mostly all think, “What is special about it, I can do that Seva for 7 days”.

But these people are not able to do it, some or the other reason because of multiple reasons and obstacle which keeps emerging every now and then.

It definitely takes a huge amount of ‘Punya Karma’ (Divinely good works), to get this opportunity to do seva at the Vaishnava temple.

We should always remember, when we get this chance, we have to grab it with wholeheartedly without a second thought.

We need to always remember, Bhagavan Sri Vishnu is the only one who can give the guarantee of anything and everything.

Thus we need not worry too much and no need to waste any time now.

In the Devalaya / Divine temple, it is not the intricacies of it’s design, elaborateness of the ritual, nor the splendor of ornaments exhibited, nor even the number of devotees attending, that contribute to their essential success.

Ultimately it is the sincere devotion (Bhakti) that counts in divine worship of Bhagavan Sri Krishna.

The above shloka very clearly gives information that the material objects that one might offer are of no value to the Bhagavan Sri Krishna,

but it is the ultimate true devotion and true love that prompt the offerings that are accepted by Bhagavan Sri Krishna.

Be it a leaf, a flower, a fruit, or little water it is, but an insignificant thing that you offer, be it a golden temple, or be it a dry leaf,

“whosoever with true devotion offers” whatever be the offering, Bhagavan Sri Krishna assures that “I WILL DEFINITELY ACCEPT.”

Perhaps this is the quintessence of the divine Akshaya Tritiya, the meritorious day.

When given in true love and bhakti (devotion), it becomes “a devout gift to Bhagavan Sri Krishna” and when it is offered sincerely by a “pure minded” devotee, then Bhagavan Sri Krishna will definitely accept it.

Thus, it is clear that an offering can be truly devout and efficient, only when it is accompanied by the two required conditions as given below:

a. Offered with true love and devotion, and

b. Offered with the pure and clear mind.

The more these features are absent, all the offerings are mere economic waste and superstition breeding false-beliefs.

If it is done properly as per the Dharma, it can serve as the true spiritual path of self development.

We can easily find various puranic references in this context like offering of Tandulam (flattened rice / poha / avalakki) by Sudama Brahmin (Kuchela) etc.

Akshaya Tritiya is the day Sudama (Kuchela) went to Bhagavan Sri Krishna and offered Tandulam / flatened rice / poha / Avalakki with utmost humility, sincerity and devotion to Bhagavan Sri Krishna.

In very recent times, an unknown tradition has emerged, that too especially in South India, where one would have observed people rushing to buy Gold and other ornaments on the day of Akshaya Tritiya day, with a superstitious belief, that their wealth would get multiplied.

It is just a myth and nothing else and has no relevance and sanctity. If at all anything is happening (good or bad), it is happening according to one’s own earlier Karma.

On the contrary, giving charity and discharging holy deeds is indeed highly recommended and suggested on the day of Akshaya Tritiya.

This will definitely produce multifold meritorious results in this birth and also in the future birth(s).

Chanakya neeti says that, “be content with what you have already got, and don’t ever be content with your knowledge, self improvement and charity”.

There is no point in simply celebrating the festival without it’s real and correct knowledge. One should understand the real significance as per the scriptures. 

As said above, Vaishakha Shukla Tritiya is celebrated as Akshaya Tritiya.

According to Hindu sacred grantas / scripts it is said that:

a. Treta Yuga had commenced on 3rd day of the bright fortnight (shukla Tritiya) in the Hindu lunar month Vaishakha Masam.

b. Krita Yuga (Satya Yuga) on the 9th day of the bright fortnight (shukla Navami) in Kartika Masam;

c. Dwapara Yuga on the New Moon day (Bahula Amavasya) in Magha Masam, and

d. Kali Yuga on 13th day of the dark fortnight (Trayodashi) in Bhadrapada Masam.

As per the above time scale, Akshaya Tritiya can be assumed as the day when Treta Yuga had commenced known as Treta Yugaadi.

It is the day when one of the Kalpas’ had begun.

Sacred grantas / Hindu scripts like Vishnu Purana, Bhavishyottara Purana are said to have described the prominence of Akshaya Tritiya.

Now, let us know the list of Akshaya Tritiya significance:

1. This is the day when Sri Veda Vyasa Deva Ji started to compose the greatest epic “Mahabharata”.

2. Bhagavan Srimann Narayana (Vishnu) came down on this earth as “Bhagavan Sri Parashurama”.

This day is also celebrated as Bhagavan Sri Parashurama Jayanti, that is, this day Bhagavan Sri Vishnu took the avatar as Bhagavan Sri Parashurama as the son of sage Jamadagni.

On this day Bhagavan Sri Vishnu is to be worshipped during Pradosha time (1.5 hrs time before sunset) in the form of Bhagavan Sri Parashurama and Arghya to be given with the following shloka:

जमदग्निसुतो वीर क्षत्रियांतकर प्रभो | गृहणार्घ्यं मया दत्तं कृपया परमेश्वर ||

ಜಮದಗ್ನಿಸುತೋ ವೀರ ಕ್ಷತ್ರಿಯಾಂತಕರ ಪ್ರಭೋ | ಗೃಹಾಣಾರ್ಘ್ಯಂ ಮಯಾ ದತ್ತಂ ಕೃಪಯಾ ಪರಮೇಶ್ವರ ||

jamadagnisutō vīra kṣatriyāntakara prabhō | gr̥hāṇārghyaṁ mayā dattaṁ kr̥payā paramēśvara ||

Meaning : You (Bhagavan Sri Parashurama) are the son of Maharshi Jamadagni, you are the veera (hero) who slayed all the transgressor Kshatriyas. I am giving argyam to satisfy you my dear Bhagavan.

3. On this day the demigods Sri Surya Deva (Sun) and Sri Chandra Deva (Moon) will be at their best. Their exaltation powers will be at their top most strength.

Astrologically, Akshaya Tritiya is the day the royal planets (luminaries) Sun and Moon will be in their signs of exaltation.

Sun in Aries (Mesha Rashi) and Moon in Vrushabha Rashi (Taurus). If the day is also coinciding with Wednesday and Rohini constellation it is considered to be highly meritorious.

4. Also on this day the planet Sri Shukra Deva (Venus) will also be at its best exaltation.

5. Akshaya Tritiya day is the same day when Sri Surya Deva (Sun) gifted “Akshaya Patra” to the Sri Pancha Pandavas and Sri Draupadi Devi.

6. Once when all the Sri Pancha Pandavas along with Sri Draupadi Devi were sent to forest by Kauravas, Sri Durvasa Muni (avatara of Sri Shiva) comes to have food on the instructions of Duryodhana with Sri Pancha Pandavas and Sri Draupadi Devi. 

But at this time all the food would had got emptied. But our greatest Sri Bhagavan Sri Krishna comes to the rescue of the Sri Pancha Pandavas and Sri Draupadi Devi. 

Sri Krishna asks Sri Draupadi Devi to show the “Patra” (pot) which was gifted by Sri Surya Deva to them. 

At this juncture, just one boiled rice grain would had struck at one of the end of the patra of the “Akshaya Patra”. 

Sri Krishna consumes this last boiled rice grain. 

Immediately after this, along with Sri Durvasa Muni, all his followers stomach gets filled and they don’t feel to have any food further. 

THIS IS THE GREATNESS OF OUR SRI BHAGAVAN SRI KRISHNA.

7. This is the same day, when Sri Durya Devi kills the rakshasa Mahishasura and thus Sri Durga Devi got the name Sri Mahishasura Mardini.

8. On this very auspicious day the Sri Sudama Brahmana visited Sri Krishna after a long gap. On this day Sri Sudama Brahmana offers the avalakki (flattened rice) / pohva to our Sri Bhagavan Sri Krishna.

With this love and bhakthi of Sri Sudama Brahmana, Sri Krishna gives the Mahal and all the riches to Sri Sudama Brahmana which would be equal to the Sri Indra Deva’s Mahal in Swargaloka.

THIS IS THE REALITY. WE NEED TO GIVE ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING TO SRI KRISHNA INCLUDING THE NAIVEDYA TO SRI KRISHNA. 

But again not in greed, but only in love and bhakthi to receive real valuables from Sri Krishna which would last long and really long.

9. On this day if anybody sees Sri Krishna / Sri Hari / Sri Rama or any avatar of Srimann Narayana with the “Gopi chandana” (sandal wood) applied will get the bhagya (divine luck) to get the ‘Moksha / Mukti”.

10. Goddess Sri Ganga Devi descended on the earth on this day with the requests of the Sri Bhagiratha Maharaja.

11. Sri Kubera received all the prosperity from Sri Hari (Vishnu).

12. The appearance day of the Sri Annapoorneshwari Devi, which in-turn helped Sri Rudra Deva to get rid of the “Kapala”.

13. In Mahabharata, Bhagavan Sri Sri Krishna is said to have enlightened Yudhishthira about the significance of Akshaya Tritiya. 

14. As per Simhachala Kshetra Mahatmya, Akshaya Tritiya is the holy and auspicious day, when Bhagavan Sri Vishnu manifested in dual form, that is, as Bhagavan Sri Varaha Swamy and Bhagavan Sri Narasimha Swamy at Simhachala Kshetra during Krita Yuga.

About Simhachala Kshetram: This is a divine place which has a rare and unique temple of Bhagavan Sri Vishnu in the form of Bhagavan Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy.

It is just on the earth and unique combination of three figures depicting as below:

a. Bhagavan Sri Varaha Swamy in the face,

b. Bhagavan Sri Narasimha Swamy on the rear side of the head and tail that of a lion, and

c. Manushya roopa (human form) in the body.

With only two hands and without Sudarshana Chakra and Conch, the 2.5 feet crystal clear idol of the Bhagavan appears in a rare standing posture.

According to Kshetra Mahatmya of this temple, it is existence since the days of Krita Yuga (Satya Yuga).

It is said that, this unique and combined form of Bhagavan Sri Vishnu’s two avatars, that is,

Bhagavan Sri Varaha Swamy and Bhagavan Sri Narasimha Swamy (both belonging to Krita Yuga) got manifested at this place.

This wad done as per the prayers and request (wanted to have darshan of Bhagavan Sri Vishnu’s dual avatars) of Prahlada (son of Hiranyakashipu) for whose sake Bhagavan Sri Vishnu himself took the avatar as Bhagavan Sri Narasimha Swamy.

That day of Bhagavan Sri Narasimha’s manifestation was incidentally is the Akshaya Tritiya, that is, Vaishakha Shukla Tritiya.

According to Sthala Purana, the great devotee of Bhagavan Sri Narasimha, that is, Prahlada was the first person to construct a temple for Bhagavan Sri Narasimha and conduct the rituals as per the Dharma shastras.

In subsequent ages Bhagavan got manifested (as discovered by King Pururava) again at this place, and it was again incidentally on the day of Akshaya Tritiya.

Since that time, the worship of Bhagavan Sri Varaha Swamy and Bhagavan Sri Narasimha Swamy on this holy day of Akshaya Tritiya is taking place.

At Simhachalam for Bhagavan Sri Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple, special celebrations are held on this sacred day when a unique divine ceremony called Chandanotsavam (Divine sandalwood paste) will be held.

This divine ceremony was first conducted by the King Pururava. During his period renaissance of the temple took place.

It is only on this particular day in the year, the Bhagavan gives darshan in Nija roopa (real form) without any decoration which is otherwise always fully covered with Chandanam (Divine sandalwood paste).

Once in a year, on the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya, old Chandanam covering on the deity will be peeled off early in the morning and in the evening it will be again covered fully with fresh Chandanam.

In between time, devotees gets an opportunity (for about 12 hours) to witness the Nija Roopa (real form) darshanam of the Bhagavan.

When the deity is fully covered with Chandanam it appears in a Linga akara (Linga form).

Chandanam paste will be extracted by grinding the sandalwood (Chandanam) sticks and it is said that the quantity of Chandanam used for this ceremony would be approximately 500 kg.

Peeled off Chandanam will be distributed to the devotees as Bhagavan’s divine Prasadam.

Apart from the day of Akshaya Tritiya, Chandanam (sandalwood paste) will be applied to the Bhagavan’s deity at Simhachalam on three more occasions:

a. During Vaishakha,

b. Jyeshtha and

c. Ashada months in the year.

Cermonies of Chandanotsavam (Sandalwood paste) attracts innumerable number of pilgrims from across the country and world to get a divine and rarest darshanam of the Bhagavan.

Based on the concept of Chandanotsavam (Sandalwood) which is a favourite of Bhagavan Sri Vishnu, at all temples especially that of Bhagavan Sri Vishnu related temple, this ceremony will be held on the day of Akshaya Tritiya.

We find even the Brindavana of Sri Raghavendra Swamy, including the Moola (original) Bridavana at Mantralayam will be adorned with Chandanam (Sandalwood).

We can also find a temple of Bhagavan Sri Varaha Swamy (Aadi Varaha Swamy) at the famous Tirumala hills in Andhra Pradesh.

Hhere the devotees have darshanam of Bhagavan Sri Varaha Swamy before having darshanam of Bhagavan Sri Venkateshwara (Also known as Sri Srinivasa and Sri Balaji).

15. Special celebrations are held at all Bhagavan Sri Vishnu related temples on this sacred day of Akshaya Tritiya, also known as Madhava Tritiya occurring in the auspicious and meritorious month of Vaishakha masam during Vasanta Ritu.

Vaishakha masam is also known as Madhava masam in the name of Bhagavan Sri Vishnu who is also known as Madhava.

16. On this Akshaya Tritiya’s divine day in the year, Sri Badari Narayana temple at Badari Kshetram gets opened for darshanam and it is believed that to have darshanam of Sri Badari Narayana on this day is highly auspicious.

17. Sade-Teen Muhurtam : In Hindu astrology, Akshaya Tritiya is considered as very auspicious day and no need to look into the Panchanga (Almanac) to select an auspicious time / moment.

It is called as Sade Teen Muhurtam, here, Sade teen means 3½ and muhurtam means auspicious time.

Four highly auspicious days in Hindu panchanga are:

a. Chaitra Shukla Prathama (Padya) – Ugadi day

b. Vaishakha Shukla Tritiya – Akshaya Tritiya day

c. Aaswayuja Shukla Dashami (Vijaya Dashami) – Dussehra day

d. Kartika Shukla Prathama (Padya) – Bali Padyami day

The above first three are considered as full tithis (days) and the last one is counted as half tithi (day), hence it is considered as Sade Teen.

Many people try to perform meritorious functions on the above days based on the belief that one need not look into the other aspects of Panchanga (Almanac).

Yes, definitely there is no doubt about their divinity and spiritual sanctity about these day,

but one should not ignore the basic fundamentals of Panchanga (Almanac) while fixing muhurthams even on the above days,

especially for functions like upanayanam, marriage, laying foundation for house construction or gruha pravesam etc.

Now let us understand the real meaning of Akshaya Tritiya as given below:

Customs & Traditions of Akshaya Tritiya, that is, what is to be done on the divine day of Akshya Tritiya?

On this most divine day of Akshya Tritiya, one should take head bath early in the morning. Taking bath in the river Ganges on this sacred day is said to be more meritorious.

Giving Tila Tarpanam to the ancestors is prescribed on this holy day which is considered to be holy auspicious.

Bhagavan Sri Vishnu should be worshipped in the form of Bhagavan Sri Varaha Swamy, Bhagavan Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy, Bhagavan Sri Krishna and Bhagavan Sri Lakshmi Narayana.

Worshipping Bhagavan Sri Krishna with Chandanam (sandalwood paste) on this day is given the highest significance and merits.

It is said that, one who worships Bhagavan Sri Krishna with Chandanam (sandalwood paste) on Akshaya Tritiya day will attain Vishnu Lokam (Vaikuntha).

यः पश्यति तृतीयायम् कृष्णं चांदन भूषितम् | वैशाखस्य सिते पक्षे स यत्यच्युतमंदिरम् ||

ಯಃ ಪಶ್ಯತಿ ತೃತಿಯಾಯಾಮ್ ಕೃಷ್ಣಂ ಚಂದನ ಭೂಷಿತಮ್ | ವೈಶಾಖಸ್ಯ ಸೀತೆ ಪಕ್ಷೇ ಸ ಯತ್ಯಚ್ಯುತಮಂದಿರಮ್ ||

yaḥ paśyati tr̥tiyāyām kr̥ṣṇaṁ candana bhūṣitam | vaiśākhasya sīte pakṣē sa yatyacyutamandiram ||

Meaning : “On viewing a deity of the Bhagavan Sri Krishna adorned with chandanam (sandalwood paste) on the third day in the bright half (Akshaya Tritiya) of Vaishakha maasam, one easily attains the abode of Bhagavan Sri Achyuta”.

What should we read (recite) on Akshaya Tritiya day:

a. It is prescribed to recite Sri Vishnu Sahasra Nama Stotram,

b. stotrams related to Bhagavan Sri Varaha Swamy and Bhagavan Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy on this day.

c. Reading and / or listening Sri Venkatesha Mahatmya (Sri Srinivasa Kalyanam) Purana for a week days starting from this day is highly meritorious.

Giving donation and charity on this divine day is given lot of importance. It is said to be highly sacred and celestially important, wit this it will give multi-folded meritorious results.

Though there are different types of charities that can be given, but giving ‘Udaka Kumbha Daana’ (उदक कुंभ दान / ಉದಕ ಕುಂಭ ದಾನ / udaka kumbha dāna) on this day is given highest prominence.

Here, Udaka means water, Kumbha means pot and Daana means donation / charity.

Giving donation / charity of water stored in a pot made up of copper, silver, or at least earthen pot (made up of mud) covered with a new cotton cloth to a real Brahmin on this meritorious day is said to be divine and highly auspicious.

एष धर्मं घटो दत्तो ब्रह्म विष्णु सिवत्मक | अस्य प्रधानत् सकलं ममसंतु मनोरथ ||

ಏಷ ಧರ್ಮಂ ಘಟೋ ದತ್ತೋ ಬ್ರಹ್ಮ ವಿಷ್ಣು ಶಿವತ್ಕಮ | ಅಸ್ಯ ಪ್ರಧಾನಥ್ ಮಮಸಂತು ಮನೋರಥ ||

ēṣa dharmaṁ ghaṭō dattō brahma viṣṇu śivatkama | asya pradhānath mamasantu manōratha ||

Meaning : Let this water pot called Dharma Ghata signifying the trimurti Lords, that is, Sri Brahma Deva, Bhagavan Sri Vishnu and Sri Shiva, bring unto me fulfillment of all desires.

This can be given either in memory of ancestors or to please the deities.

Apart from Udaka Kumbha Daana, giving charity of wheat, curd rice, umbrella, paada raksham (sandals), vastra (clothes);

Go-Daana (cow), Bhoodanam, Hiranya Daanam (Gold/silver/Cash) on this day is considered to be highly punyadayaka (auspicious).

This will produce multifold and everlasting (Akshaya) merits to that person and his / her family.

Yava (Barley) homa, Yava (Barley) Daanam (charity), Yava (Barley) Bhakshana is prescribed on this day and this is highly auspicious and that helps in getting the sins diluted. Only one time meals is prescribed on this day.

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