Akshay Tritiya 2013
One of the brightest and auspicious days in Hindu calendar is Akshay Tritiya which will be celebrated on 13th May of this year. Akshay Tritiya is very fortunate occasion for Hindus which falls on third day of Shukla Paksh (Bright phase of Moon) in month of Baishakh. This festival is also known as Akha Tij. Akshay Tritiya is very fortunate or a great occasion as unboojha muhurat for performing successful weddings or mass wedding ceremony. Most business people also initiate new ventures or expand their business on such fruitful day. For purchasing or initiating any work like opening new business or building house, this day is regarded one of the promising time. Akshay is Sanskrit word which means indestructible or everlasting and Tritiya means third. So, in Hindu month of Vaishakh (April-May), 3rd day is known as "Akshay Tritiya". Performing any task on this day gives you desired and profitable outcomes. Whenever Akshya Tritiya falls on Monday is appreciated more auspicious.
It is widely believed by our Vedic Astrologers that Akshay Trithiya day reveals the special planetary positions of Moon, Sun and Jupiter. All three in a group come under Mrigshira Nakshatra and illuminate their glow on earth, this way Akshay tritiya day becomes a glorious day. Hindu people commonly believe that this day bring enormous prosperity and happiness for them. And thus, most people purchase ornaments, worthy items, and other precious metals. During this occasion many people start constructing their house, purchase land, and begin or expand their business with a belief that this of their work will be lucky and imperishable.
Myths and rituals about Akshay Tritiya
As per Hindu Mythology, Akshay Tritiya also marks the birth of Parshuram(6th embodiment of Lord Vishnu). The propitious day also holds special significance with a belief that the holy river Ganga also moved down to earth from heaven on Akshay Tritiya. On the same day one of the praised Saint Vedavyas along with Lord Ganesha began scripting about the great epic Mahabharatha.
It is also regarded that Satya Yuga or Golden Age started on Akshay Tritiya day. This way the day is also respected one of the sacred or blessed times to remove impurity and offer purity to mind and spirit.
Vivid traditions and rituals are associated with this auspicious day. Indian religious people conceive Akshaya Tritiya, which comes on third day of the bright-half of the lunar month of Vaisakha, as the most sanctified days of the year. During this occasion, farmers of Orissa also commence ploughing their lands. Construction of chariots for Rath yatra occasion is also started in Puri (Orissa) on this auspicious day. Jain people celebrate this day with festive name 'Akha Tij'. They believe that on this day, their first Tirthankar lord Rishabdev ended his fast of one year with a glass of juice. This day make a conjunction with Rohini star which turns this day more blessed.
During Akshya Tritiya day, religious people fast and worship Lord Vasudeva (embodiment of Lord Vishnu) with full of faith and joy. Sprinkling Tulsi water is ideal part of pooja while performing bhajan or arti of Lord Vishnu. Many sacred people visit Haridwar or Rishikesh on such pious day and take holy dips in the river Ganga. Some people also believe that giving donations on this promising day is way of gaining abundant wealth. So, most people also do charity on this day. Donating rice, food grains, cloths, sugar, ghee, fruits, and vegetables are considered opportune during this day.
Buying gold, precious ornaments, starting ventures, initiating new projects and instigating other tasks on this day are said to be very favorable. It is strongly believed that whatever we begin during this day gives profit always. Many believers also worship Lord Kuber, the treasure of the gods, and goddess Laksmi (consort of Lord Vishnu) to get immense wealth and to be the rich.
During Akshay Tritiya Bengali people celebrate a ceremony called HalKhata to begin a new audit book. They celebrate this day with the divine worship of Lord Ganesh and Goddess Laksmi.
Different cultural admirers celebrate this day with varied ways and perform many rituals but there only concern towards Akshya Trititiya that it is the most promising and prosperous day in Hindu Calendar.