What Is Akshay Tritiya?
Akshaya Tritiya (अक्षय तृतीया) is one of the most important occasions that is considered to be a most auspicious day according to the Hindu Calendar. It is believed, any meaningful activity started on this day would bring fruitful results. Akshaya Tritiya in 2015 will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 21.
Akshay Tritiya, also known as Akha Teej, is celebrated on the third day of Shukla Paksha (bright fortnight) of the Hindu month of Vaisakha. Akha Teej or Akshaya Tritiya and Parashurama Jayanti occurs on the same day.
Akshaya means 'never diminishing', and same is Akshaya Tritiya's significance in Hindu Calendar. If we go by the lunar calendars of Hindus, each year witnesses either an addition or missing out of some days (Tithi). But, the day of Akshaya Tritiya or Akha Teej is never absent from the lunar calendar.
Akshaya Tritiya day is ruled by God Vishnu who is the preserver God in the Hindu Trinity. According to Hindu mythology Treta Yuga began on Akshaya Tritiya day.
Akshaya Tritiya is believed to bring good luck and success. Most people purchase Gold on this day as it is believed that buying Gold on Akshaya Tritiya brings prosperity and more wealth in coming future. Being Akshaya day it is believed that Gold, bought on this day, will never diminish and would continue to grow or appreciate.
21 April Tuesday
Akshaya Tritiya Puja Muhurat 05:53 to 12:20
Duration = 6 Hours 26 Mins
Tritiya Tithi Begins = 19:02 on 20/Apr/2015
Tritiya Tithi Ends = 17:05 on 21/Apr/2015
On the day of Akshaya Tritiya in 2015, don’t forget to donate these items:
- Til (sesame seeds)
- Bed or mattress (Shayan Daan)
- Clothes(Vastra Daan) to the needy
- Donations of Kumkum (dried red color powder), Chandan (sandalwood), Betel leaves, Nariyal (coconut), Chhach Daan (buttermilk) result in good education, family and wellness.
- Donation of water in copper or silver vessel with saffron, camphor, Tulsi leaves and betel nut is considered auspicious for marriages and children. This is known as Uda Kumbh Daan.
- Donating slippers on Akshaya Tritiya in 2015 will prevent us from going in hell.
Offerings made on the day of Akshaya Tritiya increases the auspiciousness of the festival.
Akshay Tritiya in 2015 will again be the time when we all will welcome prosperity, richness and wealth with the blessings of Almighty. So this time don’t miss the chance to venture into new projects on such a holy day.
During Akshay Tritiya in 2015, one should also worship and pray to Goddess Lakshmi and Kubera (Lord of Wealth) in order to get blessed with immense riches and wealth.
Astrological Significance of Akshaya Tritiya
The two most powerful energies of the cosmos, the Sun and the Moon, taking up their most powerful positions is surely a great time to soak in their energies. It is the day of Akshaya Tritiya.
The Sun is exalted in the sign Aries. The Moon will be exalted in the sign of Taurus and planet Venus will also be there along with the Moon. Taurus is ruled by Venus. The position of Venus and the Moon forms Malavya Yoga, a combination that brings immense wealth and comforts along with power and authority.
Mahalakshmi is the Goddess of wealth and comforts. She is also the overlord for the planet Venus. Appeasing her and Venus this day will help you attract wealth creating energies.
Presence of Ketu in the 11th house to the Moon indicates that the donations done on this day will be very much blessed by the Gods and will turn into good karma for the donors. The good effect of donating to the needy will get multiplied many times over.
In astrology, the Sun represents our soul and the Moon is our mind. When these energies take their places of exaltation, it definitely creates a powerful impact on our abilities that is why the day is considered the best day for initiating into any purposeful ventures. Connect with these energies on Akshaya Tritiya and create a life filled with love and abundance.
The ancient mystics of India who were experts in analyzing how astronomical phenomena impacts our life on earth had identified that third lunar day of the bright half of Vaishaka month knows the secret of Non-Declining Wealth. It is said that on this day even if you meditate on the concept of wealth that never declines, you can establish a permanent link with the wealth attracting energies.
Why To Celebrate Akshay Tritiya In 2015?
Following are the legends associated with the festival of Akshaya Tritiya:
Parashuram Jayanti & Akshay Tritiya
According to the Puranic texts, Parashuram was born at Renuka Tirth, as Lord Vishnu's sixth Avatar (incarnation). He was named as Ramabhadra, but after a significant occurrence, he got the epithet of Parashuram. Let's proceed to know more about the event.
Ramabhadra was an ardent follower of Lord Shiva. Considering his perpetual dedication, Lord Shiva was pleased and gifted him with a divine responsibility to liberate Mother Goddess from demons. He was presented divine weapons by Shiva that included an axe-shaped weapon, Parashu. This altered his name from Rama to Parashurama (Rama with axe).
Akshaya Tritiya is observed as the day when Parashurama was born. But, there are more legends associated with Akshay Tritiya. Let's take a look at them, as well.
The day of Akshay Tritiya marks the commencement of Satya Yuga (Golden Age). It is also believed that Ved Vyasa started writing Mahabharata along with Ganesha on the day of Akshaya Tritiya.
While on exile, Pandavas were gifted 'Akshay Patra' by Lord Krishna, the bowl of food that would never go empty. This was the day of Akshay Tritiya or Akha Teej.
Akshay Tritiya 2015: Krishna-Sudama & Akshay Tritiya
This legend is believed to be one of the most significant ones, associated with the celebration of Akshaya Tritiya. Lord Krishna had a poor Brahmin friend, Sudama. Once, on the day of Akshaya Tritiya, Krishna got visited by Sudama. The purpose for his visit was to ask for some financial help from Krishna.
Sudama was welcomed in a grand fashion by his friend, which embarrassed him even more. Though he was treated with benevolence, Sudama was ashamed of not being capable to present his friend anything, but some Poha (beaten rice). Krishna did not care to mend his attitude toward the bond of friendship and relished the Poha gifted by his dear friend.
Being overwhelmed by the treatment, Sudama could not ask for anything more from Krishna. Hence, he returned home empty handed. On his return, Sudama found his hut transformed into an abode of royalty and everything appeared grand. It was a boon by Lord Krishna that Sudama attained much more than financial help. Since then, the day is celebrated as Akshaya Tritiya.
Now, as you know the reasons to celebrate Akshay Tritiya, we are sure that you would like to know how to observe the day of Akshaya Tritiya in 2015. Now, we will let you know the ways to celebrate Akshay Tritiya in 2015.
How To Celebrate Akshay Tritiya In 2015?
Following are the rituals and customs related to the festival of Akshaya Tritiya:
Akshaya Tritiya 2015: Gaja Puja
Gaja Puja is also known as Gaja Dhanakarshana Puja. Gaja means 'elephant', and hence, in this Puja, elephants are worshiped for the sustenance of wealth and prosperity in lives. Before beginning with Gaja Puja, elephants are cleaned with water and adorned in a grand attire. Then, the elephant idol is offered flowers, and hence by, holy proceedings take place.
Akshaya Tritiya 2015: Ashwa Puja
Ashwa (horse) is considered to be the disciple of Mars (planet), which represents command and energy. On the day of Akshay Tritiya, Ashwa Puja is performed to bring home positivity and mental peace.
Akshaya Tritiya 2015: Gou Puja
Gou (cow) is the symbol of kindness, love and warmth; hence, Gou or cow is worshiped on the day of Akshay Tritiya. First, the cows are cleaned and decorated, and then, Gou Puja proceedings take place.
Akshaya Tritiya 2015: Mahalakshmi Puja
Maa Sundara Mahalakshmi is worshiped on Akshaya Tritiya, exhibiting the 64 Avatars of Goddess Lakshmi. Nine priests conduct Mahalakshmi Puja and chant 1008 names of Lakshmi Maa.
Goddess Mahalakshmi is considered to be associated with wealth and prosperity. Hence, the day of Akshay Tritiya, signify a never ending good fortune of prosperity and well-being.
To attract the blessings of Mahalakshmi Goddess, you can also buy Mahalakshmi Yantra. It will help you to ward off negativity around you. To buy Mahalakshmi Yantra, click: Mahalakshmi Yantra
Akshay Tritiya brings a special kind of spark in your lives, which will never get diminished with the dates of the calendar. Akshaya Tritiya will arrive each year with a grasp full of prosperity and well-being. Follow the day of Akshaya Tritiya to bring home a meritorious ray of positivity in 2015.