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Why Akshaya Tritiya?

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Akshaya Tritiya, also known as Akha Teej, is a holy day for Hindus and Jains. It falls on the third lunar day of Shukla Paksha of the pan-indian month of Vaishakha. The date of the festival varies according to the lunisolar Hindu calendar. Akshaya Tritiya falls in the month of April or May of every year in the Gregorian calendar.

In Sanskrit, the word "Akshaya" means "imperishable, eternal, the never diminishing" in the sense of "prosperity, hope, joy, success", while Tritiya means "third". It is named after the "third lunar day" of the spring month of Vaisakha in the Hindu calendar, the day when Akshaya Tritiya is observed.

The day is considered to be most auspicious by Hindus and Jains in almost all the regions of India for starting new ventures, marriages, expensive investments such as in gold or property.

The day is regionally significant for women, married or unmarried, who pray for the well being of the men in their lives or the one they may in future get engaged to. After prayers, they distribute germinating gram (sprouts), fresh fruits and Indian sweets. If the Akshaya Tritiya falls on a Monday, the festival is believed to be even more auspicious. Fasting, charity and helping others on this day is another festive practice.

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