Akshaya Tritiya, is traditionally the birthday of Lord Parasurama, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. People conduct special Pujas on this day, bathe in holy rivers, make a charity, offer barley in a sacred fire, and worship Lord Ganesha & Devi Lakshmi on this day.
The word "Akshaya" means imperishable or eternal - that which never diminishes. Initiations made or valuables bought on this day are considered to bring success or good fortune. Buying gold is a popular activity on Akshaya Tritiya, as it is the ultimate symbol of wealth and prosperity. Gold and gold jewelry bought and worn on this day signify never diminishing good fortune. Indians celebrate weddings, begin new business ventures, and even plan long journeys on this day.
Akha Teej is the most anticipated day by many people to invest in property and gold. It is believed that any investment or relationship begun on the day will be long lasting.
The day is also highly auspicious from spiritual point of view as it is the day when Lord Parashuram (sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu) appeared on earth. Chandan yatra is held in Jagannath Temples on the day. The once in a year Charan darshan of Lord Krishna at the Banke Bihari Temple takes place on Akha Teej.
Special pujas dedicated to Ganesha, Lord Vishnu and Maha Lakshmi are observed on the day. Alms giving, donating food and clothes on the day is believed to bring eternal glory.
The Char Dham Yatra to the four temples in Uttarkhand begins on the Akha Teej day.
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