Akshaya Tritiya 2021 – History and Interesting Facts

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Akshaya Tritiya is a Hindu Lunar festival that falls on Shukla Paksha in the month of Vaisakha, based on the Indian system. It is considered one of the most auspicious days as per Hindu belief. Akshaya Tritiya is a Sanskrit word that translates to “the third day of unending prosperity”. To bring in prosperity, most people purchase gold or other property with the hope of bringing in more wealth in the future.

The dates change every year as it is based on the Hindu lunisolar calendar. However, it will fall along the months of April or May. Akshaya Tritiya 2021 falls on May 14, Friday, this year. Going by Panchang, the auspicious time during the day is between 5.38 AM and 12.18 PM.

 

Rituals to be followed:

  • Start the day early and perform puja by offering flowers to Sun God, which is believed to bring unyielding victory. Yellow clothes can be given as offering to Lord Vishnu along with incense sticks, basil leaves, sandalwood paste and flowers.
  • For prayers, Vishnu Sahasranaama or Chalisa can be chanted along with a special bhog as an offering to Lord Vishnu.
  • On the day of the festival, worship mother earth for all the blessings that were bestowed upon us as food, wealth and prosperity.
  • As the day signifies wealth and prosperity, people buy gold to add to the wealth in the hope of bringing in prosperity. 
  • Make donations to the needy be in the form of rice, vegetables, ghee, fruits or clothes. Offering donations / daan with a sincere and clear heart without any expectations have always been a part of Hinduism.
  • Planting trees on this day of prosperity is one of the oldest traditions that we have.

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As it is believed, the God of wealth, Lord Kubera prayed to the Goddess of Prosperity, Goddess Lakshmi, on the day of Akshaya Tritiya to which he was rained on with immense wealth and prosperity. This is the primary reason why buying gold or starting a new venture on Akshaya Tritiya is considered to be auspicious. 

It is also considered an auspicious day to tie the knot as well. As Lord Sundaresa, an incarnation of Lord Siva married Goddess Madhura (Madhura Meenakshi) on the day of Akshaya Tritiya. 

Significance & Interesting Facts about Akshaya Tritiya

  • Akshaya Tritiya is considered to be the day Lord Parasuram was born.
  • Akshaya Tritiya marked the beginning of Treta Yuga
  • Maharishi Ved started narrating Mahabharata – Karma and Dharma on the day of Akshaya Tritiya, which was then written by Lord Ganesha.
  • The war between Goddess Durga and Mahishasur ended to which the Goddess won against him, on this auspicious day.
  • This is the day when Lord Krishna saved Draupadi from humiliation where Kauravas were assembled together.
  • It was on the day of Akshaya Tritiya that Sudama went to meet his old friend Krishna with a bag of flattened paddy and was rewarded with riches and prosperity.

These are a few from many references about Akshaya Tritiya from Hindu religious beliefs. This festival is equally important and is celebrated by Jains as well.

Akshaya Tritiya

How to do Puja on the day of the festival?

Set up an altar in the pooja room and place the idols that are being worshipped – like Lord Ganesha, Lord VIshnu or Goddess Laxmi. After offering sandalwood paste and flowers, chant the mantras dedicated to the Gods. Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi are considered Gods of prosperity. Taking their blessings and worshipping them on an auspicious day as such will help bring good wealth and prosperity to your home. Once the puja is done, distribute the prasad among the family members. If you are donating to the needy, there is nothing more auspicious as Daan.

Mantras to be chanted:

For Lord Vishnu – ‘Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya, Om Namo Narayanaaya”

For Goddess Laxmi – “Om Sarvabaadhaa Vinirmukto, Dhan Dhaanyah Sutaanvitah. Manushyo Matprasaaden Bhavishyati Na Sanshayah Om.”

For Lord Ganesh – “Vakratunda Mahakaya Suryakoti Samaprabha, Nirvighnam Kurume Deva Sarvakaryeshu Sarvada”

Also, worshipping the animals like Cow, Horse and Elephant are also considered auspicious during this day. Cow being the symbol of love and prosperity, Elephant being the symbol for Ganesha and Horse being considered planet Mars’s disciple, worshipping them is believed to bring prosperity and good health.

As it is considered one of the most auspicious days in the whole year, one does not need to look for muhurats in doing the puja or any other auspicious things.

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