Akshaya Tritiya is regarded as one of the most auspicious days for new beginnings. This festival occurs on the third day (Tritiya) of the bright fortnight (Shukla Paksha) in the month of Vaishakha every year.

The word ‘Akshaya’ in Sanskrit means inexhaustible, that which is unlimited or everlasting. Thus this festival is a celebration of unending happiness, peace and prosperity.

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Akshaya Tritiya is linked to a number of historic events. It was on this day that Sudama, a poor brahmana, went to Dwaraka and met His childhood friend, Lord Krishna. Though Sudama never asked the Lord for any help, Lord Krishna blessed him with unlimited prosperity in return for his most humble offering of chipped rice. In spite of possessing great riches, Sudama remained a great devotee of the Lord and never forgot Him till the end of his life. Consequently, he attained the supreme perfection. Thus Akshaya Tritiya is also a festival of Lord Sri Krishna’s blessings for prosperity and devotion.

There is no better way to ensure eternal prosperity than to make a spiritually charged beginning on this day. At ISKCON Bangalore, the intimate meeting of Krishna and Sudama is commemorated through an event titled Sudama Vaibhavam on this day. It celebrates Lord Krishna’s love for His dear devotee Sudama.

The seva kartas offer special chipped rice to Sri Sri Radha Krishnachandra on this day. A Mahalakshmi Homa and Krishna Ashtottara Homa are conducted in the main temple hall to invoke the blessings of the Lord. Sri Lakshmi Ashtottara Shathanamavali Puja is also performed on this day. Seva kartas receive the Suvarna Mudra (gold coin) prasadam. They also get an opportunity to interact with senior devotees of the temple and hear the Krishna-Sudama Katha and learn the importance of offering seva to Sri Krishna. And in the end, they get to treat their taste buds with the grand Chappan-bhog Mahaprasadam (56 delicacies) offered to Sri Krishna.

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