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Mythological Significance Of Akshaya Tritiya

Auspicious Kalash Akshaya TritiyaImage Credit : astrotalk

Mythology is indeed a collection of myths, especially the ones belonging to a particular religious or cultural tradition. The Indian mythology gifts to India the source for any religion and its sacred beliefs. One has to voyage in the past among the loops of mythical tales that mark the origin of any festival and that is what makes the occasion more divine. By the same token, the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya, celebrated in mid April and May every year as a golden day for eternal prosperity and wealth, is surely to have a beautifully fabled source. This source can be traced directly from the great Indian mythology as these are the fascinating stories behind the curtain of history.

It is surmised that Lord Krishna gave Pandavas a bowl that would supply infinite food whenever required. It was termed as Akshaya Patra and was made for the Pandavas during their exile at the time of Mahabharata. There is an overwhelming tale of two childhood friends on the day of Akshaya Tritiya. According to the legend, Sudama was a poor Brahmin friend of Krishna who visited his palace on this day to ask for some financial favour. Not having a suitable gift for his childhood friend, Sudama was ashamed to give the poha or rice flakes that he had brought. He tried to hide it but the humble Krishna took it and ate every morsel of poha with delight.

Sudama was treated like a prince in Dwarka’s castle by Krishna and this generosity of his friend made Sudama return home empty handed, without asking for any help. It is believed that when he returned, his home was replaced by a regal castle and his family members were dressed in royal attires; this was all because of the divine miracle by Lord Krishna. Thus, since then, this day of Akshaya Tritiya is said to be the best occasion for wealth and prosperity gains. Indians all across the globe buy something precious on this day and they also never fail to send gifts to India from US, UK or any other country to express their love on this festival to their dear ones. During this auspicious period, many legends like Lord Parasuram, Basaveshwara, Ramanujacharya, ? Adi Shankaracharya, Swami Chinmayanand and Lord Buddha were born. The most popular tale of the ancient era, the Mahabharata, is believed to have been written, in fact started, on the day of Akshay Tritiya by Ved Vyasa.

Kalash Akshaya Tritiya

Akshaya Tritiya is the official beginning of Satya Yuga or golden age according to the mythology. The sacred river Ganga descended straight from heaven to the Mother Earth on Akshaya Tritiya. So the people believe in sanctifying themselves by taking a bath in the holy Ganga on this day. On this day Kuber, the god of wealth, was appointed as the banker of Gods. Thus people give credence to the concept of eternal wealth and purchase precious items on Akshay Tritiya. Even though they are far away in a distant land they can easily send gifts to India from USA, UK or other countries to their native fellows. Akshaya Tritiya gift ideas, nowadays, include not only sweets, trendy ethnic wear and handmade decorative antiques but also customized items that are exclusive for this day.

The stories and myths behind Akshaya Tritiya are sure to captivate your attention during this time of the year. Many gifts to India can be found online for this auspicious occasion and they can be easily sent to India. You can also choose a variety of other gifting options for various other festivals on this online gift store.

Dipsuta Published: Apr 08, 2017 | Last Updated: May 08, 2020
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