May 3 is Akshaya Tritiya, one of the most important days in the Vedic calendar. Akshaya Tritiya is the appearance day of Lord Parasurama, and it is also the day that the Ganges descended to the earth. Most devotees know it as the beginning of Candana-yatra, but actually many of Lord Krishna’s other pastimes also took place on this day, specifically those which highlight Krishna’s generous and intimate reciprocation with his devotees.
The very word Akshaya means “that which never diminishes”. Any service or charity one performs on this day will be paid back many times over. On this day, Sudama gave the Lord a tiny portion of chipped rice and was rewarded with untold opulence. Draupadi was protected by Krishna twice on this day, once when He provided her an unlimited sari at the dice game in return for a tiny piece of cloth, and later, when she needed to provide food for Durvasa muni, the Lord took a single grain from her pot and satisfied the hunger of all the sages.
“If the devotee offers something to the Lord, it acts for his own interest because whatever a devotee offers the Lord comes back in a quantity a million times greater than what was offered. One does not become a loser by giving to the Lord; one becomes a gainer by millions of times.”
Krsna Book Ch. 81, The Brahmana Sudama Blessed by Lord Krishna
Traditionally, this is the best day for starting important endeavors. Vyasadeva and Ganesa chose this day to start writing the great epic Mahabharata, for example, and every year construction of the huge Ratha carts in Puri also starts on this day.
This year’s Akshaya Tritiya begins the #GivingToNrsimha 12 Day Matching Fundraiser until Nrsimha Caturdasi, May 15 (India time), to raise funds for the completion and opening of Lord Nrsimha’s temple wing in the TOVP in 2023, and to honor Pankajanghri prabhu. Ambarisa has doubled his matching donation to the fundraiser this year by committing $250,000. Every dollar will be matched.
Take advantage of this all-auspicious day and give a General Donation of any amount, make a Pledge Payment or sponsor a Nrsimha Brick inscribed with your name and placed under the Lord’s altar, a Prabhupada Paschatya Desha Tarine Medallion, a Prabhupada Award or Prabhupada/TOVP Trophy. Your donation will be matched dollar for dollar. Go to the #GivingToNrsimha 12 Day Matching Fundraiser page on the website, or use the direct links below today.
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