Significance of Akshaya Tritiya
Five Milestones Marked by this Lunar Date
This third day of the bright half of the lunar month is a milestone which holds significance for various reasons—
- It marks the commencement of the second in the four ages—called the ‘catura-yugi’ or cycle of Time—called the Tretā Yuga. The Lord is attained through Yagña in this period, and is ruddy in complexion when He takes form in this age.
- It marks the incarnation of Lord Parśurāma, the long-lived warrior ascetic son of Rṣī Jamadagni, who represents the cumulative anger of the knowledge class against unrighteousness rulers. He is alive even today on Mahendra Mountain range in Eastern-Southern India. To know more, click here
- It marks the incarnation of Lord Nara-Nārāyaṇa—the fourth out of twenty-four principal avatāras of Lord Viṣṇu, as the sons of Dharma and the daughter of Dakṣa called ‘mūrti’. They are the embodiment of asceticism, role models for the fourth stage of Life (Saṃnyāsa Āśṛama). They are engaged in performing tapasya for the well-being of the Universe even today; and can be seen as the pair of mountains at Badrinātha Dhāma, known as the embodiment of Krṣṇa-Arjuna. To know more, click here
- It marks the incarnation of Lord Haygrīva, who saved the Vedas for Lord Brahmā, from the demon called Haygrīva, who possessed a horse-neck and a boon from the Divine Mother to not be killed, except by another Hayagrīva. Thus, Lord Brahmā created an insect who chewed the bow-string of Lord Viṣṇu’s bow as led to the Lord accepting the head of a horse at Devi’s behest. To know more, click here
- It marks a unique lunar calendar date on which all auspicious undertakings can be performed with no fear of maleficent planetary positions or negative repercussions. Weddings, legal decisions, or any meritorious deed shall surely bear a long-lasting positive result that can never be undone.
#Did-You-Know—Offering cooling sandalwood paste and fragrant flowers to the Lord holds special significance in this hot season and a special ‘Chandan Manorath’ is held every year at Shri Hari Mandir.
*️⃣ This is also the only day in the year in temples around the world where the Lord’s Lotus feet can be viewed by all.