Akshaya Tritiya – A Day to Contribute, Not Collect.

April 29, 2016, In: Festivals, Puja

Akshaya Tritiya is one of the most important and eagerly awaited days by the Hindus. There is more to this occasion rather than just acquiring materialistic gains. It is a day which goes by the belief of ‘what you give on this day, you will receive in abundance’. Therefore, it is also considered the best day for charity. Also known as Akshaya Teej; Akshaya Tritiya falls on the 9th of May in the year 2016. While many choose to buy gold, new homes, etc. the essence of it runs way deeper.

There are many things to do on Akshaya Tritiya, but whatever you choose to do, must be done with your whole heart.

It is believed that if one takes a dip in the holy river Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari, Saraswati, etc. It will purify the person and rid him of bad karma. However, this act needs to commence before sunrise.

Akshaya Tritiya is an occasion of giving. There are certain items that are believed to be important to donate on this day. They are as follows:

• Donating grains like sesame seeds and wheat is believed to prevent you from dying an ill-timed death
• Vastra Daanam: This involves donating clothing to poor people and orphanages
• Shayana Daanam: Providing blankets and mattresses to the needy
• Offering buttermilk is said to increase one’s intellect
• Anna Daanam: This involves donating food to the hungry in return of which one is showered with blessings
Puja samagris like Coconut, Roli, Chandan, and Betel leaves are donated. This is known as Naarikela Daanam, Kumkum Daanam, Chandan Daanam and Thamboolam Daanam respectively. Kumkum is believed to increase a husband’s life; Chandan prevents ill-timed accidents; Betel leaves enhance the spiritual core of a person, and Coconut soothes any apprehensions caused by ancestors.
• Jala Daanam: The act of offering water, especially to Brahmins. Sometimes people offer them money as well.
• Chatra Daanam: Donating an umbrella rids a person of barriers that obstruct a person’s life
• Padraksha Daanam: Donating footwear to the needy sanctifies a person
• Kumbha Daanam: Water, Betel leaves, Tulsi leaves, and Grains, etc. are decorated in a bronze or silver container and donated. This ensures that a woman gets a good husband in the future.

It is said that whatever you give today, you will be returned in the manifold, even when you are not expecting it. But the point is to give with a clear heart. Hence, Akshaya Tritiya is rightly called the ‘Day of Giving.’

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