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Akshaya Tritiya is an important Hindu festival and I have seen people buying jewellery and other items on this "auspicious day".

How is Akshaya Tritiya celebrated in the world? To be more specific, I am concerned with celebrations inside India as well as outside India (Bali or in the United States or any other regions with significant population)

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You see akshay tritiya is seen as day of creation when Lord Bramha Started creating the srishti (universe). There are four more aspects related to it.

  1. Parshurama Avatar Janma(Birth of Lord Parshurama).

  2. The (never-ending/Akshaya) Svyam Siddha muhurata also known as Akshaya muhurata.

  3. The (not so very famous) Lord Vishnu's Haygriva avatar also appeared on Akshaya tritiya.

  4. The Mahabharata Literature writing (by Lord Ganesha) and dictation (by Lord Vyasa)started on this day.

So coming to the point of celebrations it is done at personal level (that is what people want in akshaya(never ending or endless) amount). In temple's though they celebrate by giving Lord Narayana a mango Bath or "amra-abhishek" and a full fledged fruit abhishek to Lord Rudra/Shiva in Shiva Linga form.The fruits which are freshly arrived in the season are first offered to God before consumption that is why abhishek with fruits is done.

Talking about celebrations out of India it is the individual choice of the people, they can celebrate by making fasts and buying precious things (as they like or majority of them do) for the wealth or prosperity to be akshaya(never ending or infinite). But there are no large scale celebrations like Diwali and Dusshera outside or in India. Only worship and Pooja (in various forms like Fruit Abhishek) is done.

For refrence see this

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  • I appreciate your answer, but even after being a Hindu and speaking Hindi, I understand roughly 1/3rd of it. It would be nice if you could explain it some more. Jul 22 '14 at 0:41
  • What point or exact para did you not understand or on what do you need more explanation?
    – Yogi
    Jul 22 '14 at 7:06
  • Mostly, the whole of it. Lord Narayana's Mango and "abhishek" and the never ending svyam siddha muhurata etc... Jul 23 '14 at 8:17
  • Swyam Siddha means Proved in itself to be Akshaya.In summers there is arrival or large number and variety of fruits and before eating it we give it to lord as in the form of prasada and abhishek (bathing with fruit juice), for lord shiva on shivaratri it's fruit+sugarcane juice bath(abhishek) with rudra mantra.
    – Yogi
    Jul 23 '14 at 8:29
  • Which Scripture says Parshurama was born on Akshya Tritya?
    – YDS
    Jul 28 '18 at 15:07
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The current question seems to be opinion based. If it were to change to how Akshaya Tritiya is to be celebrated as per scriptures then below are some references

From Skanda Purana, Pursotama-kshetra-Mahatmya, Section 2

  1. Henceforth I shall describe a Yātrā that will yield everlasting salvation without strain to (even) the dull-witted whose mind is tied to the imprints of previous Karmas.
  1. (The holy rite is to be performed) at midnight on the second day in the bright half of the month of Vaiśākha. The pavilion should be square-shaped. It should be plastered and provided with an altar.

3-4. There should be made a screen all round with a well-washed cloth. The pavilion must have a splendid flight of stairs. It must have a beautiful awning.

In the middle of the pavilion the devotee should place an extremely excellent seat. It should be covered with a cloth. A gold vessel should be placed upon it.

5-8. To the west of the gold vessel a Brāhmaṇa should be comfortably seated. He must be pure and clean. He should take the following articles in anoṃer vessel: twenty-five paìas of sandal-paste, black aloe-wood more than a pala, saffron half the quantity of aloe-wood, incense half the quantify of saffron, musk and camphor together equal to the incense. All these should be ground into paste with the juice of trumpet flowers. Two palas of excellent black aloe-wood oil should be mixed with them. All these should be stirred together and poured into the first vessel.

  1. He should cover it up with the leaves of Ketaka plant and wrap it with a silk cloth. Repeating the Mantra “gandhas te somam” etc. he should protect it with Garuḍamudrā.
  1. Thus all these things should be consecrated and placed in the pavilion. At the time of dawn it should be taken to the presence of Kṛṣṇa.
  1. With chowries, umbrellas and (the blowing of) conch-shell etc. the shrine should be circumambulated. The replica is then placed in front of the Lord. He should then worship Puruṣottama.
  1. Then the covering cloth should be taken away and (the materials) should be looked at with the divine (?) vision. He should then sprinkle it with water while reciting the Mantrarāja and stir it by beating etc.
  1. The Lord should be worshipped with fragrant flowers and raw rice-grains. Repeating Śrī Sūkta he should smear the idol (with the paste). The entire body of the Lord of Śrī should be so smeared with gentle touches.
  1. Devotees of Viṣṇu shout the slogan of “Be victorious” and praise Hari. Learned men eulogize him with different hymns and passages from the Upaniṣads.

15-20. He should propitiate the Lord of the universe with flutes, lutes etc., various dances, songs and (playing of) musical instruments, fans, chowries, umbrellas and other kinds of offerings and services.

On the third day also the Lord should be smeared (with the paste) at the outset. Merely by thinking about the Lord the embodied ones get all their distresses destroyed. The same Lord, O Brāhmaṇas, destroys (all distresses) on being seen. The greatness of Viṣṇu cannot be comprehended (perfectly) by saying that it is like this or that.

Robes of fine texture, wreaths, different kinds of foodstuffs and beverages, tasty milk-products and other materials should be repeatedly offered. Then the devotee should worship the Lord with well-prepared betel-leaves.

Also from Skana Purana, Chp 23, Sec 7

43-45. There too in the bright half of this month (the third day) named Akṣaya (is the most favourite). If anyone performs holy bath, charitable gift, etc. with faith, thousands of his sins do perish. There is no doubt about it. His prosperity will be free from blemishes. He will acquire strength and courage.

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