The festival of Akshaya Tritiya also known as Akha Teej is one of the auspicious festival that is celebrated by the Hindus and Jain community. It falls on the third day of the Hindu month of Vaisakha. This year Akshaya Tritiya will be on April 18, 2018. It is a day to worship Lord Parasurama, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The day is said to be ruled by God Vishnu. Goddess Lakshmi who is a Goddess of Wealth is also worshiped on this day and people pray for more prosperity and well-being. The Jain community celebrates this day to commemorate Tirthankara Rishabha’s year-long fast which he ended by consuming sugarcane juice. Akshaya Tritiya 2018 Date: History, Significance & Celebrations of Akha Teej
It is also considered good time to start out new ventures or businesses. It is an auspicious day to buy gold and is considered a sign of wealth and good luck. It is said that one's wealth will only increase if they make an investment of gold on this day. There are specific timings during which the puja can be performed or even to buy gold. Check out the puja muhurat and timing for Akshaya Tritiya according to Drikpanchang.
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Auspicious time to buy Gold
Tritiya Tithi Ends = 03:59 on 19/Apr/2018
Akshaya Tritiya Puja Vidhi
Whenever there is a religious puja or a ritual, a set of procedure needs to be followed. The puja vidhi for Akshaya Tritiya is as follows:
- Get up early in the morning.
- Before performing the puja, make sure the place where you perform is very clean. Wear clean clothes.
- In the puja, offer sandalwood paste and flowers to Lord Vishnu.
- In the prasad keep sesame seeds, rice, chana dal and sweets along with tulsi.
- Recite ‘Vishnu Sahasranama’ and mantra.
- Donate to needy and also the brahmins.
- Worship Maa Parvati and offer Wheat, Chana daal, Milk, gold, cloth and Kalash (filled with water)
- One should also then feed the poor and offer grass to cow and calf.
Akshaya Tritiya Mantras
There are specific mantras which one has to recite while performing the Akshaya Tritiya Puja. Each of the steps involve specific mantras. Take a look at some Akshaya Tritiya Mantras.
When you are applying chandan to the idol of Lord Krishna, recite the following:
“Yam karothi thruthiyayaam Krishnam chandanam bhushitham
Vaishakhasyasithe pakshe Sayathyachyutha mandiram”
Akshaya Tritiya essentially worships Lord Parasurama. The mantra for Parasurama Jayanti is-
“Jamadagnya mahaveera kshatriyaantha kara prabho
Gruhanarghyam mayadattam krupayaa parameshwaraa”
It is advised to make donations to the needy on the day after performing the puja. While making donations, you should recite-
“Sri parameshwara preethyartha muda kumbhadaanoktha phala vaapyartham
brahmana yodakumbha daanam karishye thadanga kalasha pujyadhikam cha karishye”
People always pray for good wealth and prosperity on this day. The mantra for this is-
“Kubera Twam Danadeesam Gruha Te Kamala Sithta
Tam Devem Prehayasu Twam Madgruhe te Namo Namah”
Akshaya Tritiya is auspicious for not just buying wealth but it is also a good muhurat for weddings. The day is extremely auspicious astrologically. Fasting, charity and helping others is a festive practice observed by many. Any worship or charity is considered extremely good for one's karma. We wish you all a very happy and fulfilling Akshaya Tritiya.