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The point of Akshaya Tritiya

It is a perfect occasion to turn over a new leaf and acquire qualities that can free our mind, soul and heart.

india Updated: Apr 29, 2006 13:32 IST
INNER VOICE | Sapna Sharma
INNER VOICE | Sapna Sharma

Akshaya Tritiya, which is the third day of shukla paksha (waxing moon) of Vaishakh month of the Hindu calendar, usually falls between April 14 and May 14 every year. During this period the Sun is in the zodiac sign Aries and the Moon in Taurus. Thus, both are in an exalted position.

This day marks two important Hindu anniversaries: Parasurama, the sixth incarnation of Vishnu took birth and river Ganga descended to earth. The Treta Yug, the Golden Age of Hindu mytho-history in which Lord Rama took avatar, is also believed to have begun on this day.

Akshaya Tritiya is regarded as one of the most auspicious days ever — Aboojh Muhurtas — occasions whose auspiciousness need not be verified from a jyotishi.

Traditionally, therefore, weddings, new business ventures, bhoomi pujans and other important tasks are planned for this day. People also buy gold, diamonds, new clothes and other valuables in the belief that these will never diminish.

To understand the true spirit of Akshaya Tritiya we need to know the meanings of the words kshaya and akshaya. Kshaya means to diminish. It is believed that whatever is given up on this day goes on diminishing. This is, therefore, the right occasion to discard what we want to root out — our bad habits, negative thoughts and emotions and whatever binds us and burdens our soul.

Akshaya on the other hand means that which never diminishes. Akshaya Tritiya is therefore the perfect occasion to turn over a new leaf and acquiring those qualities that can free our mind, soul and heart: forgiveness, love and compassion for our fellow human beings and other creatures of this universe. It is a reminder from the calendar, like any festival of goodness, to improve our inner life and relationships.

Obviously, these qualities cannot be imbibed in one day. But on this Akshaya Tritiya let us make a beginning and pray to God to let us succeed in trying to be better.

First Published: Apr 29, 2006 13:32 IST