Akshaya Tritiya: 5 historic facts about this auspicious day

Hindus all over the worlds prepare to lure their money over luxury and gold. Hindus have always been believers in the concept of auspicious timings and days to make purchases. One such occasion is Akshaya Tritiya. Advertised by various stores from the past one week, this auspicious day falls today. While it is known that any meaningful activity started on this day would be fruitful, and buying ornaments has becomes customary, there is little known about the history of this festival. Here are five things you probably did not know about Akshaya Tritiya:

1. The beginning in Hinduism

In Hinduism, Akshay Tritiya was the day when Ganesha (Vinayaka), the god of wisdom and obstacle removal, started writing the epic Mahabharata to Ved Vyasa’s dictation. This day is ruled by god Vishnu, the preserver-god in the Hindu Trinity. According to Hindu mythology, on this day the Treta Yuga began and the river Ganges, the most sacred river of India, descended to the earth from the heaven.

2. Happy Birthday Lost Parasurama

Akshaya Tritiya, also known as “Akha Teej”, is traditionally the birthday of Lord Parasurama, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The day also marks the beginning of the “SatyaYug” or the Golden Age – the first of the four Yugas.

3. The Jain beliefs

Followers of Jainism believe Akshaya Tritiya to be a holy and supremely auspicious day. t is associated with Lord Adinatha, also known as Rishabhadeva, first of the twenty-four Tīrthankaras.

4. The Jat farmers

This day is most auspicious day for the Jat farming community. Early morning, a male member of a Jat family goes to the field with a shovel. All the animals and birds encountered on the way to the field are omens and predictions for rains and crops.

5. Varsitap

Those noble people who perform the austerity of Varsitap complete the austerity on this day by taking sugar-cane juice in the cool shadow of Shatrunjay. Varsitap is the fasting on alternate days that has been followed by many after Rishabadeva initiated it.