As many other Hindu festivals, Akshay tritiya is the another most important festival of Indian culture. Akshay tritiya is being celebrated on 18th April as per the Hindu calendar. Akshay tritiya is supposed to be a very auspicious muhurta. On this day Sun and Moon are exalted for some time. No special puja etc is required to start something new on this day.
Akshya means that which cannot be finished or which cannot end, tritiya means the third lunar day. So things started on this day cannot be destroyed and this is why people purchase land, vehicles, gold, jewellery on this day.
It is believed to be a favourable day to start a new venture, buy something significant, and most importantly, the best day or muhurta to get married. So, as per astrologers, it is prescribed to get married under this auspicious time. Akshay tritiya is an auspicious day to buy gold and jewelry. There is a story behind every Hindu festivals. So, Akshay tritiya also has a religious significance behind it.
Akshaya means "eternal" and Tritiya stands for "third day". This day falls on the third day of the bright lunar fortnight of the Hindu month of Vaishakh, and so the name. It is believed that karma like holy rites, rituals and any other form charity activities brings eternal grace, bliss and prosperity.
Why Akshay Tritiya is celebrated?
The chronicles of hindu mythology witnessed the story behind the celebration of this festival. It is said that the God of wealth and the treasurer of all deities, Kubera, prayed to Goddess Lakshmi on this special day, and was granted the gift of perpetual wealth and prosperity. That is why, this day is so auspicious for starting new ventures, buying a new property or gold, or getting married, as it assures prosperity and benefits.
The holy river Ganges descended from the heaven on earth on this day. The followers of lord Krishan practice fast on this day. Lord Krishna’s childhood friend Sudama, visited Dwarka to him and offered him a humble gift of poha (rice flakes). Therefore, Vaishnavas (worshippers of lord Vishnu) fast throughout the day and open their fasts with rice.
Why Akshay Tritiya is an auspicious day for Hindus?
Goddess Madhuri got married to the God sundaesa (incarnation of Lord Shiva), getting married on this will bring you immense happiness, prosperity, love and passion in your married life. Akshaya Tritiya always sees an unprecedented rush in the number of marriages taking place in the country. In India, Akshay tritiya is on the top of the booking list days for wedding vendors during the wedding season. It is believed that even the couples with mismatched horoscopes can get rid of all the negativity by getting married on Akshaya Tritiya. In many states, mass community marriages are held to the help grooms and brides to have a perfect decent wedding in the auspicious Akshay tritiya day to attain the blessings of lord Shiva.
One of the most famous marriages that took place on Akshaya Tritiya is that of actors Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai, in 2007. Akshaya Tritiya is the festival, which is considered as a Golden Day for Hindus and Jains. This festival is only for Hindus and Jains, therefore not considered as a public holiday nor is celebrated anywhere else in the world.
Importance of gold on this day
The most important part of this day is to buy gold, it is also known as the golden day for them. Buying gold on this day brings golden fortune for buyers. Akshaya Tritiya is the day when the great God of Wisdom, God Ganesha, started writing the epic work called "Mahabharata".
Akshaya Tritiya Puja Timings
|Akshaya Tritiya||18th April 2018||Starts at 6.40 AM|
|Akshaya Tritiya||18th April 2018||Ends at 13:40 PM|
Auspicious Time to Buy Gold
|Tritiya Tithi Begins||17th April, 2018||Starts at 16:15 PM|
Akshay Tritiya puja vidhi
- You can offer your prayers to Lord Vishnu and his consort Lakshmi or Kuber and the Goddess of wealth- Lakshmi, his co-custodian of riches on this day.
- Use a wooden platform and spread a yellow or red coloured cloth over it.
- Now carefully place an idol of Lakshmi and Narayan or Lakshmi and Kubera on the platform. Make sure, Lakshmi is to be placed to Vishnu’s left and to the right of Kubera. You may also use images of the deities.
- Light an earthen, brass or silver lamp with ghee or oil and a few incense sticks.
- Invite the God and the Goddess to accept your offerings and prayers. Invoke the Gods to welcome them to your home and accept your humble offerings.
- Apply haldi, kumkum and chandan and put akshat.
- Offer banana, coconut, paan supari, sweets and water to the Gods.
- Meditate for a while and then seek the God and Goddess’ blessings.
- Now perform the Aarti by ringing the bell and conclude the puja.