Akshaya Tritiya Festival Pondicherry
Akshaya Tritiya is one of the major Hindu festivals and is celebrated, like all other festivals, with great enthusiasm by the people in Pondicherry. It is also one of the major festivals in South India that people look forward to celebrate with great eagerness and joy. This festival is believed to usher in lots of luck and prosperity. On this day, just like anywhere else in India, the natives of Pondicherry visit jewellery shops to purchase gold, as doing so is considered to be auspicious. The presiding deity of this festival is Goddess Laxmi. Akshaya signifies something immortal while Tritiya stands for the third lunar day. Therefore, this Hindu festival is celebrated on the third lunar day of the bright fortnight. It is also called Akshay Teej and according to the Hindu calendar, it is celebrated on the third lunar day of the Shukla paksha of Vaishaka month.
According to Hindu mythology, this festival is associated with two other significant events. One is the birth of Lord Parshuram, who is the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, and the second is the writing of Mahabharata by Veda Vyasa (one who classifies the Vedas). It is commonly believed that any activity or business venture which is undertaken on this day will certainly yield successful results. Along with that, any business or financial investment made on this particular day will grow by leaps and bounds in the future.
Akshaya Tritiya is celebrated on the third lunar day of the bright fortnight, which would be the month of April.
Special Highlights/Rituals of the Festival
- The presiding deity of the Akshaya Tritiya festival is Goddess Laxmi.
- This festival is known to bring lots of good luck and prosperity, so it is considered to be the best time for starting a new business venture or any other activity.
- Purchasing of gold is a major part of the festival.
- This festival is also associated with the birth of Lord Parasurama and the commencement of the writing of Mahabharata.