Planning to celebrate Akshaya Tritiya. Here is all about this auspicious day, its relevance and Celebration.
Akshaya Tritiya, also known as Akha Teej is an annual springtime festival of the Hindus and Jains. It falls on the third tithi (lunar day) of Bright Half, shukla paksha of the Baishakh month (Bishak denoting Spring). It is observed by Hindus and Jains of India and Nepal- “the third day of unending prosperity.”
What is Akshaya Tritiya?
Akshaya means “imperishable, eternal and never diminishing” in the spirit of prosperity and good luck. It was on this day that Kubera prayed to Goddess Laxmi and received the benevolence of Laxmi in the favor of a lifetime of luxury and prosperity. This day is considered to be one of the most auspicious days in terms of monetary betterment. People keep fasts and offer puja to Goddess Laxmi and Kubera for a prosperous life.
Performing Puja at home
The most general form of puja performing on Akshaya Tritiya is very simple. It begins with you cleaning the house and taking a bath after which you prepare the prasad which is mostly sweets and fruits. The chant for this puja is for Laxmi and Vishnu- the goddess and god of prosperity and luck.
After chanting the mantras in the benevolence of Laxmi and Vishnu, you go out and offer alms to the poor. It is considered as a good day to receive the blessings of the poor, food and clothes is offered to the poor and prasad is given to the near and dear ones.
It is also considered lucky to buy gold on this day because gold is the purest metal that signifies purity in the Hindu Culture. Goddess Laxmi is the harbinger of gold, she is the goddess of gold and wealth. To ensure a continuity of Laxmi’s benevolence, Akshaya Tritiya is celebrated with utmost devotion.
When is Akshaya Tritiya?
This year in 2018, Akshaya Tritiya falls on 18th of April. It is an auspicious day for the Hindus as this is the day when Parasurama was born- the sixth incarnation of Vishnu. This day also bases itself on the story that this is the day Kubera, the God of Wealth received the blessing from Goddess Laxmi of eternal wealth and prosperity.
It is believed that if you worship Goddess Laxmi with the same devotion that Kubera perpetrated, then you are in for blessings. The Jains also observe this day with utmost devotion as this was the day when their deity Tirthankara Rishabha ending a one year fasting.
What to do on Akshaya Tritiya?
Akshaya Tritiya is an auspicious day with a lot many relevant stories. It is said that Ved Vyas with Ganesh began to write Mahabharata on this day, it is also said that Satyuga began from this date. It is widely believed in the Hindu culture that this day brings prosperity, wealth and good luck.
People buy gold to make sure that their mark of prosperity is sustained by the mark of this day, gold and other precious metals are considered as good omen on this day. Goddess Laxmi, the benevolent Goddess of wealth is pleased when you offer alms and services to the poor, when you are spot clean and when you have a devotion towards earning something. This festival is all about value inculcation as other festivals are too.
It is also the only day in the year whence the brightness of the moon and the sun is at peak and thus buying any auspicious metal is considered lucky.
What to donate on Akshaya Tritiya?
There are a few things that one must definitely donate on Akshaya Tritiya, the few of these things being
- Jal Daan: Give water to the thirsty, offer services to the one who is in need. Do not move away from helping somebody.
- Kumkum Daan: Kumkum has a very high value for Indian women. Donating kumkum ensures good health for your husband and also your wishes come true.
- Chandan Daan: Make your surrounding in essence of chandan on this auspicious day. Sandalwood has the quality of keeping away negative energy owing to its healing and pure properties.
- Thamboolam: Betel Leaves are God Vishnu’s favorite. Donating betel leaves ensures goodwill from God Vishnu.
- Narikel Daan: Donate coconuts for wealth and prosperity. Coconuts are full fruits which signify fullness in your household.
- Vastra Daan: Help people by donating clothes to them, they need it more than your wardrobe does. It shall bring prosperity in your life.
Apart from all these, you can also offer bedsheets, footwear and other basic stuff to the needy.
This Akshaya Tritiya – offer alms to the poor, help people in need and receive blessings from Goddess laxmi.
What is the importance of Akshaya Tritiya?
Akshaya Tritiya holds a very huge importance in the Hindu culture, it falls on a very important day by date. This day of peak value of the sun and moon ensures raging prosperity if you buy gold. On this day you must definitely do these 5 things:
❖ Recite 18 chapters of Bhagwad Gita
❖ Offer Prasad and Annadana to the poor
❖ Offer Oblations to Forefathers
❖ Donate to the needy as per your capacity
❖ Buy Gold or other metal
The importance of Akshaya Tritiya rests with the idea that you must give in order to receive. The entire festival is about giving donations and needful to the poor and needy. This ensures that you receive good blessings from Goddess Laxmi and you prosper.
Due to the planetary positions of the sun and moon on this day, it is given the name ‘Akshaya’ which means ‘never diminishing and eternal’. Due to the stronghold of planetary positions and the placing of stories of fortune that are related with this day- this day receives advent of good fortune.
They say that if you by gold on this day, then it is a symbol for good fortune. You shall receive prosperity and there shall be no stopping your venture if you begin one on this auspicious day. This day is considered best to buy gold, start a new venture, pray for your prosperity and help the poor.
Silver is also considered as an option to buy on this day, but silver is more of a moon-sign; so gold is commonly adhered to!
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