One of the most auspicious days in the Hindu calendar is the Akshaya Tritiya. Usually commemorated on the Shukla Pakshya Tritiya, the word Akshaya literally signifies the concept of never diminishing. If you happen to perform Japa, Yajna and other spiritual practices, the good vibes never diminish.
You might be familiar with the various legends associated with the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya. However, this pious day is of great vedic significance. It is believed that on this day Satya Yuga ended and Treta Yuga began. Moreover, it marks the day when Lord Ganesha and sage Ved Vyasa started writing the epic Mahabharata. On this propitious day, offering prayers to Goddess Lakshmi is believed to bring wealth and prosperity to the household. Moreover, whatever one wishes for, on this day, never ceases to diminish, depending upon the depth of devotion. The occasion is best commemorated with delicacies and mouth-watering platters, of satvic (onion and garlic free) essence.
A special Maharashtrian dish is best suited for this pious festival. The Naivedhyam Thali, consisting of Puran Poli, Aamras, Bhaji, steamed rice and Nachanicha papad. A Maharashtrian flat bread, PuranPoli is stuffed with sweet lentils, a filling made of split yellow Bengal gram/chana dal and jaggery. In order to prepare the Puran, sunflower oil can be used. The chana dal is soaked in water for along time, which essentially reduces the cooking time. The dough orthe Poli is cooked using rice bran oil. A grand serving involves the addition of ghee to Puran Poli. A serving of bhaji – fritters to bemore precise – is served to complete the dish. The fritters, usuallygourd roundels, are the perfect snacks, complimenting the dish, cooked in soyabean oil. The thali is complete with the addition of Nachanicha papad, soaked in sunflower oil. Moreover, a preparation, delicious in its own way, is the Aamras, which is pulp of ripe mango flavoured with cardamom and saffron. The platter is nutritious and light and is extremely refreshing, perfect for the festive occasion of Akshaya Tritiya. It is also believed that this satvic bhojanenhances the clarity of mind and body.
After the puja is performed, worshipping Goddess Lakshmi, and pitri tarpan (a ritual seeking the blessings of the ancestors), the special meal is prepared. It is then offered to the deities as bhog or Naivedhyam. The bhog is also offered to Agni (fire) and Gomata (cow). A portion of it is then kept to feed the whole family. Akshaya Tritiya is afestival where satiety is achieved through abundance. The day isbelieved to be extremely lucky and every endeavour is rewarded. However, good health and whole some food is required to continue performing daily activities. It is thus advised to all the readers totry out this dish if you haven’t before and let us know how youliked it.
May this Akshaya Tritiya be blissful for all!
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