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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Akshaya Tritiya – one of the most auspicious religious days for Bengali Hindus


West Bengal is a land of religious festivals. Bengalis celebrate many religious auspicious days through out the year and Akshaya Tritiya is one of those days. Actually Akshaya Tritiya is one of the three most auspicious days for Hindus.  In this post you will find the different ritual activities performed in Akshaya Tritiya and the prohibited activities during this day.

Akshaya Tritiya or Akshaya Tithi is the third day of the Shukla Paksha of Baisakh month. This day is considered as one of the auspicious days for Hindus in India and all over the world. Akshaya Tritiya is considered as one of the three most auspicious tithi or muhurtas for Hindus.  The other two tithes are Noboborsho, Poila Baisakh and Vijaya Dashami.


The word Akshaya means which never ends. Hindus believe that any new assignment started in this auspicious day brings good luck. With other parts of India, people of West Bengal also celebrate this holy day religiously. Many Bengalis buy long tern assets like gold or silver in this special day. It is believed by people of West Bengal that this auspicious day is best for inauguration of any long term project like starting new business, Bhoomi Puja for construction of house etc.


Religious significance of Akshaya Tritiya


It’s a religious believe of Hindus that on this day Veda Vyasa started dictating the epic Mahabharata to Lord Ganesha. This day is also considered as the birthday of Parashurama, sixth incarnation of God Vishnu. Akshaya Tirtiya is also considered as birthday of Lord Sri Balaram, elder brother of Lord Sri Krishna.


Activities prohibited during Akshay Tritiya


Upanayana is prohibited during Akshay Tritiya day. Ending of fast, construction of house and entering thereof are prohibited during Akshay Tritiya.


Akshaya Tritiya celebration in West Bengal


In different parts of India Akshaya Tritiya is celebratedin different ways. West Bengal follows it’s own style to celebrate Akshaya Tritiya.  Many businessmen and traders perform the ‘HalKhata’ ,on this auspicious day.  Halkhata, means starting new audit books in business and this ceremony is performed on Poila Baisakh in West Bengal also. Bengali families, if not purchased any thing or no new assignment is being started on this day, would at least celebrate Akshaya Tritiya with religious functions like worship of goddess Lakshmi.

In 2011, the date of Akshaya Trithiya is May 6.

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