Akshaya-tritiya, Chandan-yatra begins
Chandan-yatra is a twenty-one day festival observed in temples—especially in India—during the summer season. During Chandana-yatra, devotees anoint the Deities of the Lord with cooling sandalwood paste.
Akshaya tritiya, according to the Vedic calendar, is a day considered to be conducive to success in any significant endeavor. Traditionally, those aware of Akshaya tritiya's benefits schedule major life events—marriages, initiations, business ventures, establishing a new place of residence—on this day.
- More about Candan-yatra on ISKCON Desire Tree
- More about Akshaya-tritiya: a video interview with Kripamoya dasa*.
(Picture shows the Deities of Radha Giridhari at Mumbai's Mira Road temple during Chandan-yatra.)
*note: In the video, the date of Akshaya-tritiya is given as May 16th. During 2013, according to the Mayapur Vaishnava Calendar, Akshaya-tritiya falls on May 13th.