Akshaya trithiya is the time when both the sun and moon are exalted
in Aries and Taurus respectively.
This happens in the solar month of Chitthirai / lunar month of Vaishaka.
Since the two important entities of the sky
that influence the climate, mentality and environment of the earth
by their physical presence and
also by being Athma karaka and Mano karaka,
are exalted simultaneously on this day,
this day is fit for doing actions that are meant for giving lasting results.
It is said that Vishnu told king Keerthimaan of Varanasi
that this thithi is the ultimate thithi of Vishnu.
It happens at the time when Vishnu reaches the heavens with his second step,
All benefits of pithrus, dana and moksha are attainable on this day.
Kshaya means erosion.
Akshaya means not getting eroded.
In olden days, penances were started on this day.
Charity were done on that day.
Since people in those days were spiritually oriented,
Akshaya thritheeya (it means the third lunar day which does not erode)
was noted for worship and penances to get lasting results
- for release from
kala charka – the cycle of Time that binds our lives.
There have been many recorded instances of gratification of tapas and prayers on this day.
It is said that the golden shower on the poor woman
at the instance of Adi Shankara
by composing the "kanaka-dhaara" sthothram
was done on a Akshaya thritheeya day!
This has given rise to the spin in the objective of this day.
Added to it is the astrological injunction that purchase of gold and precious ornaments
must be done on the day when sun and moon are powerful.
The Gold or ornaments purchased on such a day will remain with the buyer,
that is, will be a permanent purchase that he will not lose the ornaments or the gold
(by robbery or mortgage etc).
Akshaya thritheeya fulfills this injunction of the Muhurtha astrology
in that both the sun and the moon are powerful and exalted on this day.
This is the primary reason for the rush to buy gold on this day.
But today, it has been commercialized with slogans that
buying gold on this day would ensure that your gold wealth will grow!
The spiritual wealth acquired on this day is bound to grow and last long
and confer the desired spiritual result to the practitioner.
This import of Akshaya thritheeya has been cleverly combined with
the muhurtha principle for buying gold
and exploited well by the traders.
My pick is that buy gold if you can.
But there is no assurance given by this day that your gold wealth will increase.
It may increase perhaps by your habitual buying on every Akshaya thritheeya!
On the other hand,
if you choose this day,
to start some spiritual sadhana, say, starting recital of some sloka or mantra
for some specific purpose,
you are bound to reap rich dividents.
That is the import of Akshaya thritheeya!
Tail piece on Akshatya thritheeya:-
According to KauLi sastra (sakuna based on the sounds made by lizard),
it is difficult to sight a lizard on Akshaya thritheeya day.
If you happen to see lizard on this day, make a wish.
Kauli will let you know whether it will succeed!!
This is based on the rule of universal connectivity of all beings
which I will explain in a future post.