Why do people buy gold on Akshay Trutiya?
Thinking of buying gold today? Learn about why you’re doing it.
Akshay Trutiya, is supposed to be a holy day for Hindus and Jains. It is also known as Akti in Chhattisgarh and Akha Teej in Gujarat and Rajasthan. Considered as one of the four most important days for Hindus, Akshay Trutiya falls on the third Tithi (lunar day) of Bright Half (Shukla Paksha) of the pan-Indian month of Vaishakha.
It is a popular belief that buying gold on this auspicious day brings wealth, because it is on this day that the God of wealth, Kuber, had received his riches by praying to Lord Shiva. Kuber is also known as the treasurer of all Hindu deities, the holy day marks his appointment for the position.
Akshay means endless in Sanskrit; celebrating this day by purchasing gold is believed to please Kuber. Also, on this day, Lord Parasurama was born, who was the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the husband of Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth. So, it is a popular belief that buying gold today, and worshiping Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu, brings prosperity.
Apart from buying gold, Hindus believe that it is an auspicious day to start new ventures, because it was on this day that Veda Vyas began to write Mahabharata, the great Hindu epic.
Jains celebrate this day to commemorate Tirthankara Rushabhanatha’s ending of their one-year fast. Another legend also has it that the devotees from Ayodhaya had celebrated the homecoming of their king Tirthankara Rushabhanatha, by buying gold for him.
Thus, the Jains celebrate this divine day by purchasing gold to mark the return of their beloved king.
The day holds great relevance in the Hindu and Jain mythology, and is celebrated across the country.
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