The term "Akshaya" in Sanskrit means "inexhaustible" or "never diminishing," and this day is considered auspicious for the performance of charitable acts and religious activities, as any good deed done on this day is believed to yield enduring benefits. The belief is that virtues or merits gained from good deeds performed on Akshaya Navami are imperishable.
The day of Akshaya Navami is closely related to another extremely auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya. While Akshaya Tritiya is Treta Yugadi, the day when Treta Yuga out of four Yugas began, Akshaya Navami is Satya Yugadi.
Akshaya Navami is also closely associated with the worship of the Amla (Indian gooseberry) tree. The Amla tree holds a significant place in Hindu tradition, known for its medicinal properties and is believed to harbor divine energy.
On this day, people perform puja and offer prayers under the Amla tree. It is common to partake in meals under the Amla tree, as the tree is revered for its spiritual and health benefits. The association with the Amla tree also underscores the festival's connection with nature and its importance in Hindu rituals.
Moreover, Akshaya Navami is often linked with agricultural practices. In many parts of India, particularly in rural and agrarian communities, this day marks the beginning of important agricultural activities. It is considered an auspicious day to start new ventures, especially in farming, as it is believed that endeavors initiated on this day will flourish and bring prosperity.
While there are various local customs and traditions associated with Akshaya Navami, the common theme across all celebrations is the focus on charity, worship of nature, and the commencement of new ventures. The festival reflects the ethos of gratitude, generosity, and reverence for nature that is deeply embedded in Hindu cultural and religious practices.