Akshaya Tritiya - the first day of Krita Yuga
Tuesday (24 Apr) is Akshaya Tritiya.
This is observed on the Shukla Tritiya Tithi
of the Chandramana month of Vaishakha.
On this day began Krita Yuga (aka Satya Yuga). [+]
Krita Yuga is the perfect Age.
It is the best of the Yugas.
Dharma was perfect. So, were the people.
People had to just think of a thing desired
and they would obtain it.
There were no diseases. No decay in senses.
No jealousy. No wickedness. No enmity.
No fear. No grief.
Sanyasa was the ideal for all.
All could be in the state of Brahma Jnana. [*]
Krta (Satya) Yuga being the ideal among the Yugas
and the anniversary of it's start surely is a day
to remember the ideals the Yuga stands for.
Hence, Akshaya Tritiya is a very auspicious day.
Personally, I had never heard of Akshaya Tritiya
until I was almost 30 years. And the first time
I heard it was during my initial weekend Veda
class I used to attend.
I was then told that on Akshaya Tritiya day,
whatever one does would have a many fold effect.
So, with all faith, I spent relatively more
time on that day chanting the Veda
portions I was learning.
May be that is one of the factors,
that eventually led to my completing
the Veda Adhyayana ?
[+] According to Bhavishyat Purana as quoted in Vrata Chudamani
[*] As told by Hanuman to Bhima (verses 10-22 Adhyaya 148, Vana Parva of Mahabharata)
(here is an English translation of it)
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