The inaugural launch of the Vedic Vista Project on the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya.
May 6, 2011
With this introductory website, we effectively launch the Vedic Vista Project on this very auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya - The Golden Day, on 6 May, 2011!
Akshaya Tritiya is a highly auspicious day which falls on the third day after Amavasi (no moon) in the Hindu month of Vaishakha. In 2011, the date of Akshaya Trithiya is May 6. As per Vedic astrology and almanac, each second on the Akshaya Trithiya day is auspicious. It is said that there is no need to look for a ‘muhurat’ on the day. The word Akshaya means ‘that which never diminishes’ and it is believed that the sun and the moon are most radiant and best placed on the day. Therefore it is one of the most popular dates in the Vedic Hindu calendar for marriages, for beginning new ventures, for investing and for purchasing valuables like gold and diamonds, as it is believed that all investments on this day appreciates.
This day is ruled by Lord Vishnu, the preserver-god in the Hindu Trinity. It is also traditionally celebrated as the birth day of the Hindu sage Parashurama, the sixth Avatar (incarnation) of the god Vishnu. According to Hindu mythology, on this day the Treta Yuga began and the river Ganges, the most holy and sacred river of India, descended to the earth from the heaven.
Legends associated with Akshaya Tritiya
One of the most important legends associated with observing Akshaya Tritiya is that of Lord Krishna and Kuchela. Another significant mythology is that of the Pandavas receiving the Akshay Patra from Krishna. Interestingly, Lord Krishna plays an important part in the stories associated with Tritiya.
In the most famous story associated with Akshaya Tritiya centres around Kuchela, a poor Brahmin and schoolmate of Sri Krishna, who visited Krishna with the intention of asking some financial favour. Kuchela, also known as Sudama, carried with him handful of poha or aval (beaten rice). On reaching, the palace of Krishna at Dwarka, Kuchela was ashamed to give the ‘poha’ to Krishna.
But the ever playful Krishna noticed the small bag in the hand of his schoolmate and soon grabbed it and ate a handful of ‘poha’. Kuchela could not believe his eyes, Krishna, the king, eating his poha.
It is said ‘Athiti Devo Bhava’ (Guests are equal to God) and Krishna treated Kuchela like a God. The poor Brahmin was so overwhelmed by the love shown by Krishna that he forgot to ask for financial help and returned home empty handed.
On reaching his village Sudama could not find his old hut. Instead his hut was replaced by a palace. His wife and children were wearing good clothes and everything that was old and worn out was replaced with new.
It didn’t take long for Kuchela to realise that all this was the ‘leela’ of the ever-smiling Sri Krishna. The day Kuchela met Sri Krishna was hence observed as Akshaya Tritiya.
Another legend happened in the Mahabharata, that while the Pandavas were in exile, Sri Krishna presented them with an Akshaya Patra – a bowl which gives unlimited amount of food. It is believed that Krishna had presented it on a Tritiya day. Therefore it is believed that all investments on the day will only increase in value.
The day is also the birthday of Lord Parashuram, the sixth incarantion incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Also on the day of Akshaya Tirtiya, Lord Shri Balarama Jayanthi (birthday of Lord Sri Balaram) is also celebrated. Balarama was the elder brother of Lord Sri Krishna. Lord Balaram is significantly known with his weapon ‘Hal. Lord Balarama is also referred as one of the Dasavatara, ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu.
According to the Puranas, the sacred Hindu religious text, the Treta Yuga (the second out of four yugas, or ages of mankind) was started on the day of Akshaya Tritiya.
On the day of Akshaya Tritiya, as mentioned in the Vedas, Sage Veda Vyasa initiated writing the great epic, Mahabharata. The Mahabharata is one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India, the other being the Ramayana. The epic is part of itihasa. Besides its epic narrative of the Kurukshetra War and the fates of the Kauravas and the Pandavas, the Mahabharata contains much philosophical and devotional material, such as a discussion of the four "goals of life" or purusharthas. The latter are enumerated as dharma (right action), artha (purpose), kama (pleasure), and moksha (liberation). Among the principal works and stories that are a part of the Mahabharata are the Bhagavad Gita, the story of Damayanti, an abbreviated version of the Ramayana, and the Rishyasringa, often considered as works in their own right.
So all in all, a very auspicious day, and the day specially chosen to launch the Vedic Vista Project! So with this shakti and blessing we hope that you will come with us as we journey on to explore the eternal and universal teachings of the Vedas!
This introductory website is designed to be an introduction portal to the Vedic Vista Project, while we tirelessly work on our exciting fully featured website which we hope to launch in the coming few months. It is our sincere wish that through the Vedic Vista Project we can help bring the Vedic beacon of light forth, especially here in South Africa, to illuminate the advantages of the Vedic paths of improvement and self-discovery that anyone can use in their own life to attain personal awareness, health, happiness, and fulfillment.
It is our continued wish that this Divine wisdom be of benefit to all individuals along with promoting mindful and purposeful social progress, since Vedic wisdom is as ever relevant and meaningful today as it was to the ancients.
Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare
Hare Rama, Hare Rama
Rama Rama, Hare Hare
Jai Sri Krishna
Jai Akshaya Tritiya
Jai Vedic Vista
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