Akshaya Tritiya, also called Akha Teej, is a sacred and auspicious day for the Hindus and Jain communities.
It is celebrated on the 3rd lunar day (Tithi) of the bright half (Shukla Paksha) in the Hindu month of Vaishakh.
Akshaya Tritiya marks Lord Parashurama’s birthday, which is considered the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
Akha Teej also signifies when Sage Veda Vyasa and Lord Ganesha began to write the epic Mahabharata.
The festival date is derived by following Lunisolar Hindu Calendar. It usually falls in April or May every year as per the Gregorian calendar.
Akshaya Teej is a Sanskrit word wherein the word “Akshaya” means “eternal, never diminishing, or imperishable,” signifying prosperity, hope, joy, and success. The word Tritiya here means “third.”
So, Akshaya Tritiya means the “third day of unending prosperity.”
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According to Hindu scriptures, Akshaya Tritiya is believed to be Lord Parashurama’s birthday, who is regarded as the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
It is also believed that Sage Veda Vyasa started reciting the epic Mahabharata to Lord Ganesha on Akha Teej.
According to another legend, the Ganges River descended on Earth on this day.
Akshaya Tritiya is also important for the Jain community as it marks the ending of a one-year fast (asceticism) by the first Tirthankara Rishabhanatha.
Hindus and Jains consider Akshaya Teej very auspicious for starting new ventures, marriages, making expensive investments in Gold or property, or making any new beginnings.
According to Vedic astrology, the three lunar days, such as Yugadi, Akshaya Tritiya, and Vijay Dashami, do not require any Muhurta for beginning any new ventures.
It is believed that these three days are free from all malefic effects. Therefore, every moment these days is auspicious.
So, Akha Teej day is an auspicious day for starting any new venture.
Any new venture that is started on the day of Akshaya Teej will grow abundantly and bring prosperity.
Akshaya Tritiya is also a day for remembering our forefathers who have died.
Hindus also take to fasting, Japa, Yagna, charity, and helping others on this auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya.
In Odisha, the day marks the annual construction of chariots for the Puri Ratha Yatra Festival.
Moreover, Hindus consider Akshaya Teej a very important day for developing wealth consciousness.
It is believed that prosperity energy is abundant on the day of Akshaya Tritiya due to the Sun and the Moon’s special positioning on this day. So, Akha Teej holds the secret of acquiring ever-increasing wealth.
This special day fills the world with royal wealth creation, energy, and material abundance.
It is the day for filling your mind and soul with royal wealth creation energy. Akshaya Tritiya is specially meant to invite wealth and affluence into your life.
Akshaya Teej provides you the opportunity to nurture your inner attitude towards prosperity. It offers you the prosperity energy for creating the outer reality of ever-increasing wealth.
Importance of Power of Akshaya Tritiya
Akshaya Tritiya is closely noted in Hindu mythology as the day of ever-increasing wealth. The significance of Akha Teej dates back to Treta Yuga.
Here, we put forward before you the mythological significance of Akshaya Tritiya:
- As per the Shiva Purana, Akshaya Tritiya was the day when Lord Shiva assigned Kuber, a banker of Heaven. It was Akha Teej when Kuber was made the Lord of Riches.
- Goddess Parvati is incarnated as Goddess Annapurna on Akshaya Tritiya. Lord Shiva received alms (biksha) from her.
- According to Mahabharata, Lord Krishna gifted a divine vessel called ‘Akshaya Patra’ to Draupadi on Akha Teej. This vessel had the power to produce food when required for any number of people miraculously.
- Akshaya Tritiya was when Parashurama, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, was born to Sage Jamadagni and his wife, Renuka.
- The holiest River Ganga descendant to Earth on this day.
- Sage Veda Vyasa began to narrate the Mahabharata to Lord Ganesha, who captured it in written form on Akha Teej’s day.
- It was Akshaya Teej when Lord Krishna blessed his childhood friend Sudama with riches.
- Akshaya Tritiya marks the beginning of the Treta Yuga.
- Akshaya Teej is associated with good luck.
- On this day, the Badrinath and Kedarnath temples are opened for the pilgrims. These Hindu pilgrimage destinations are visited by Lakhs of devotees every year.
What to do on Akha Teej
Akha Teej celebrates goodness and prosperity. It is an immensely important Hindu festival and is celebrated with a lot of fervor.
On Akshaya Tritiya, Hindus usually buy gold, silver, and diamond ornaments with various Hindu Gods and Goddesses inscriptions.
It is believed that one who buys wealth on this day sees an increase in opulence.
Even marriage ceremonies are performed on the day of Akshaya Teej. It brings stability and harmony to relationships.
Hindus keep a day-long fast and worship Lord Vishnu. They glorify the Supreme Lord Vishnu, who appeared as Parashurama on the day of Akshaya Tritiya.
Devotees also worship Lord Kuber, the God of Wealth. Hindus donate money to the needy. You can also donate to charitable causes.
There is also the custom of doing “Annadana” – inviting guests and feeding them with Prasadam.
Hindus also perform the Shraddha ceremony on the Akha Teej day to liberate their forefathers.
Performing the Shraddha ceremony on the day of Akha Teej is considered very auspicious.
Another ritual is also prevalent during the day of Akshaya Tritiya. People offer barley in holy fire.
One should recite all 18 chapters of the Bhagwad Gita on the auspicious day of Akha Teej.
Past sinful reactions are believed not to affect the one who reads the Bhagwad Gita with utmost devotion on the day of Akshaya Tritiya.
Hindus organize Puja at home that may start in the morning and can go on till late in the evening.
Diyas is light that is made out of pure ghee. Men apply ‘Tilak’ on their foreheads. Married women pray for the long life and well-being of their husbands.
Goddess Lakshmi is also worshiped on the day of Akshaya Teej. Chanting of sacred mantras is also undertaken.
Akshaya Tritiya 2023 Date
The Akshaya Tritiya will be celebrated on 22nd April 2023, Saturday.
The Akshaya Teej Puja Muhurat will last from 07:49 AM to 12:07 PM.