Gifting Gold Is Important Than Purchasing It On Akshaya Tritiya

By: Debdatta Mazumder

There is no lack of occasions in India. The occasions and festivals are connected to the lives of people; and throughout the year those come and go like a seasonal circle.

These festivals are the driving forces that make Indians to pursue their life with prosperity and happiness. Akshaya Tritiya is one such festival that appears in your life and fills it with sheer opulence and spiritualism.

Also Read: Significance Of Akshaya Tritiya

According to the Hindu calendar, it is celebrated in the month of Baisakha (Last week of April or first week of May). This festival is celebrated on the third lunar day of the bright fortnight.

So, how is gold related to Akshaya Tritiya? Why gifting gold is important than buying it, during this occasion? After all, people also buy gold in Dhanteras.

Why is there a need of another festival for buying gold? If you want to know why gifting gold is important than buying it, you have to know the importance of Akshaya Tritiya.

'Akshaya’ means “no decay”. It means this festival signifies the eternity of everything. Gold is a metal that symbolises eternity. How?

In your family, you must have inherited some gold jewellery which belonged to your great grandmother.

Thus, it stays in your family and shows the richness of every generation. To know more about why gifting gold is important than buying it, go through the importance of the festival of Akshaya Tritiya.

1. A Sense Of Charity:

Akshaya Tritiya is considered as the most holy time (tithi) of the year, according to the Hindu astrology. It is believed that if you gift something to the needy people, you can receive the Almighty's blessings. Gifting gold to someone signifies your golden heart and, thus, you can also enrich your prosperity.

2. Regain Of Wealth:

Once, Kuber, the protector of heavenly gold and other valuables, worshipped Lord Shiva to regain his post in the heaven. Lord Shiva blessed him and fulfilled his desire. So, it is believed that if you worship Lord Shiva on this day and donate something, you'll receive more of it.

3. Birthday Of Goddess Annapurna:

This is another importance of Akshaya Tritiya and gifting gold is linked to it. According to the Hindu belief, this is the day of Goddess Annapurna who is considered as the goddess of wealth, cultivation, crops and abundance. Gifting gold to your dear ones signifies her blessings to us.

4. Beginning Of A New Fortune:

Why gifting gold is important than buying it? Akshaya Tritiya is the symbol of success and good fortune. It is believed that buying and gifting gold will make your success eternal, as gold symbolises eternity. People also start new businesses, plan journeys or initiate wedding on this day.

5. The Krishna-Sudama Story:

Once, on Akshaya Tritiya, Lord Krishna's poor friend, Sudama, visited his kingdom with hope of financial help with only a handful of beaten rice. Krishna relished it and blessed his friend with abundant wealth. This symbolises that if you gift little on this auspicious day, you'll receive more.

6. Another Mahabharata Story:

Akshaya Tritiya was the day when Yudhisthir received the ‘Akshaya Patra', which never got emptied during his lifetime in the forest. This means, giving gold or anything to someone only enriches your wealth.

7. You Will Receive God's Blessings:

Hopefully, you've understand why gifting gold is important than buying it. There are lots of stories behind it, but the underlying meaning is the same. If you give something to the needy and poor, you are receiving God's blessings, which are far more valuable than the material value of gold.

Read more about: akshaya tritiya, gold, faith, mysticism
Story first published: Monday, May 9, 2016, 12:00 [IST]
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