India is a land of festivals and celebrations. These festivals help us stay connected with our roots besides bringing us closer to each other. Akshaya Tritiya, also known as Akha Teej is celebrated on the third lunar day of the bright fortnight. This year, it will be observed on 18th April. Akshaya Tritiya is a Sanskrit term in which Akshaya means no decay and Tritiya means third. This day is believed to bring good fortune to one's life and most of the people begin their good work on Akshay Tritiya. People generally buy properties, jewellery and invest on this day.
Significance and History
Akshaya Tritiya is an important day in Hindu astrology. According to mythology, the sun and the moon become equally bright on this day. Though, there are several stories related to this day, two are most common. According to Shiva Purana, Lord Shiva made Kuber the lord of riches and banker of heaven on Akshaya Tritiya.
Another story states that while Pandavas were living in exile, many dignitaries came to visit them. There was no food left in the home and this made Draupadi sad. One day, Lord Krishna came to visit them. He was received very warmly by five brothers but Draupadi didn't come out to greet him. Lord Krishna saw her weeping in the kitchen in front of an empty pot. There was just a single grain of rice in that pot and Krishna ate it. At that time of the day, the whole universe was satiated. He also blessed her with the Akshaya Patra (vessel which could supply food non-stop every day).
Akshaya Tritiya Puja
On Akshaya Tritiya, people observe fast and worship Lord Vishnu with rice grains. They seek blessings from God and distribute germinating gram, fresh fruits and sweets. It is also an important day for the Jain community as it marks the end of first Tirthankara's one-year asceticism.
Akshaya Tritiya Muhurat
Tritiya tithi will begin at 3:45 am on 18th April and end at 01:29 am on 19th April. Muhurat to buy gold is between 06:07 am to 12:26 pm.
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