Akshaya Tritiya or ‘Akha Teej’ is on the third day in the Hindu month of Vaishakha (May – June). Akshaya Tritiya’s meaning is ‘that which is inexhaustible or something that cannot be destroyed’. It is considered a very auspicious day for new beginnings and is important for both Hindus and Jains.
Parshurama, the sixth avatar of Lord Vishnu, was supposedly born on this day. Sage Veda Vyasa is said to have begun writing the Mahabharata with the help of Ganesha on this very day. It is also said that Satya Yuga ended, and Treta Yuga started on this day. It is a good day for all auspicious ceremonies, especially marriage, thread ceremony, inauguration, and for making any donation. Anything that is started on Akshaya Tritiya day is said to bring great luck and prosperity. The deeds done today are believed to be 1000 times more powerful than on other days. Therefore, this day is chosen for marriages, starting a new business, and also for making donations. It is said that Akshaya Tritiya 2021 marriages are long-lasting and successful always, and hence it makes for an ideal wedding date. Many people make donations on this day. Some even offer Tarpanam to ancestors.
Let us see what kind of donations can be made on Akshaya Tritiya.
Offerings to Ancestors
Akshaya Tritiya is said to be the best day to make offerings to our ancestors. The benefaction made by us on this day goes directly to them. This is a good day to get blessings and wishes from ancestors. Cook a 5-course meal and offer it to your forefathers during the Akshaya Tritiya Pooja.
Giving Food and Water to Stray Animals
Many people give food and water to stray animals on this day. Feeding the animals can be a regular practice, but on this day, it brings one great luck. When you reach out to stray animals, like a cow or a dog, and feed them, you will be blessed by God.
Give Food to the Needy
“There is no greater donation than the donation of food,” says the Bhagwad Gita And it is a fact that there is no bigger happiness than the joy you feel when you do a noble deed. Akshaya Tritiya is an ideal day for doing good deeds. Make this day even more auspicious by feeding a hungry person. The blessings you receive for this act will fill your life with wealth. The blessings you get for feeding a starving person are immeasurable.
Donate clothes and books
Clothes, like food, are among the necessities of life. Donating food boosts your luck and plays a role in removing obstacles to making wealth. Donate clothes to the underprivileged and make them happy with a little effort! You can also help in other ways by funding a poor child’s education.
Some couples donate vermilion or sindoor on this day, and they are said to have enduring and loving marriages. The donation of vermilion on Akha Teej boosts love, trust, and bonding between husband and wife. It is also believed that if a married woman donates vermilion on this day, it increases her husband’s life span.
Sandalwood is considered very holy in Hindu mythology. It is also used in most Hindu temples to adorn God. Donation of Sandalwood on Akshaya Tritiya protects one from accidents and bestows good health.
Donate to make a difference
The act of donation is a very noble act. Giving food, clothes, and other necessities to needy people is also a way of pleasing God and receiving his blessings. There is nothing more satisfying than easing someone’s pain. There are many people around us who lack food, clothing, shelter, etc. One can also donate medicines for the sick and elderly and books for the young. Akshaya Tritiya is the perfect day to make a difference in someone’s life. The more you give, the more you get, goes the saying. And it is true, for when you give selflessly, it will eventually come back to you multiplied. All the more so if it is on an auspicious day like Akshaya Tritiya.
Akshaya Tritiya 2021 is on May 14.