Date : 28th April 2017
Akshaya Tritiya day is ruled by Lord Vishnu who is the preserver God in the Hindu Trinity. According to Hindu mythology Treta Yuga began on Akshaya Tritiya day. The birthday of Lord Parashurama, the sixth incarnation of Vishnu falls on this day. In the Puranas, the holy Hindu scriptures, there is a story that says that on this day of Akshay Tritiya “Vedavyas” along with Lord Ganesha started writing the great epic Mahabharata. Ganga Devi or Mother Ganges also descended to earth on this day.
There are two more legends associated with this day in Mahabharata. Lord Krishna had given a bowl to Draupadi, known as Akshaya Patram, when the Pandavas were in exile. This bowl was believed to have given endless food to the Pandavas. This is the reason Goddess Laxmi is worshipped on this day and gold, silver or platinum ornaments are bought and worn in her honor to bring unending wealth to the household. This is also believed to be the day when Panadavas discovered weapons under the earth which made them victorious against the Kauravas.
The gate of Lord Badrinarayana’s temple opens up on this day for the devotees.
Akshaya Tritiya marks the beginning of the Treta Yug. Thus, it is also known as Yug Tithi. Chandan Yatra also starts on Akshaya Tritiya. This is the day when Chandan or Sandalwood Paste is applied on the body of Lord Jagannatha and then the Murti or the Idol is taken for a procession. According to the legends this is carried out because Lord Jagannatha gave such instructions to King Indrayumma. It is believed that a person who does charity and sacred deeds such as homas, fasting, donation etc on this day, get undiminishing results.
Importance of Akshaya Triya Puja
Akshaya Tritya is a very important day in the year as it is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and goddess Laxmi. It is a very prominent belief among Hindus that that Lord Vishnu fulfils the desires of all his devotees and, Goddess Laxmi bestows her devotees with the wealth and prosperity. Thus Akshaya Tritiya is considered to be very auspicious bringing victory and good fortune. This is the chief reason why most people prefer to purchase valuable items like gold on this day. It has been a prominent belief that the wealth bought on this day never diminishes.
How to do Akshaya Tritya Puja (Time 10.29 a.m. to 12.18 p.m)
The puja for Akshaya Tritya is started by cleaning the house and body properly. Prayers are being offered to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi using Tulsi leaves, flowers and with the nine times jaap of mantra: “Om Namo Vishnudevaya Namah” ”Om shree shree laxmi deviye Namah”. After this the prayer of Goddess Laxmi is being read. As Prasad, fruits or sweets are being offered to god and then shared with relatives and friends. After the prayer “Annadhanam” which is offering food to the poor is being done as it is being considered to be the purest thing being done. Donations are also considered to be the best thing for this day.
This day is so auspicious that any moment of the day can be considered to be beneficial for starting something new like a new business etc. According to Vedic Scholars, wedding can be conducted on any time of this day without in-depth study for a “shubha muhurat”. The Hindus all over the world keep this day in mind while undertaking new business ventures or planning for weddings or traveling to distant lands. The benefits of doing any Jap, Yagya, Pitra-Tarpan, Dan-Punya on this day never diminish and remain with the person forever.
I would advise you to worship Lord Vishnu and Maa Lakshmi on this day along with Lord Kuber and give donation of money or food to poor people.
"Happy Akshay Tritiya"
"Jai Shree Krishna"
Acharya Vikas Kumar Malhotra
Lal Kitab Astro Centre (LKAC)
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