Akshaya Tritiya 2022: The day with the best of both worlds

Akshaya Tritiya is one of the most important days in the Hindu calendar. It is the day when Sun is at its brightest in Mesha Rasi during daytime and Moon is at its brightest during nighttime while stationed in the Rishaba Rasi. That is on this day, Earth is blessed with the best of both worlds, that of the Sun and the Moon. This happens on the third tithi (lunar day) of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase) in the month of Vaishakha.

When is Akshaya Tritiya

Akshaya Tritiya 2022 is on Tuesday, 3rd May.

Every second of this day is considered auspicious. Akshaya Tritiya is known as the best day to purchase gold, but the day is great for all kinds of new beginnings. The word Akshaya means that which does not undergo kshaya or that which never diminishes.

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A more popular example of Akshaya is the Akshaya Patra given to Panchali, wife of Pandavas, by Surya Deva during the exile of the Pandavas. Tritiya means, third, that is the third lunar day. People perform the Akshaya Tritiya puja on this day worshipping Lord Vishnu, Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Ganesha and Lord Kubera. People believe that buying gold on Akshaya Tritiya day brings prosperity and more wealth eternally.

Akshaya Tritiya 2022 Dates and Timings

Akshaya Tritiya 2022 will be celebrated on Tuesday, May 3. The timings are as below:

Tritiya Tithi Begins — 05:18 AM on May 3, 2022

Tritiya Tithi Ends – 07:32 AM on May 4, 2022

Akshaya Tritiya Muhurat for Puja- 05:39 AM to 12:18 PM on May 3, 2022

Akshaya Tritiya 2022 – Gold Purchase Timings — 05:18 AM May 3 to 05:39 AM May 3

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Akshaya Tritiya Puja Vidhi

On this day, devotees wake up early in the morning and, after taking a bath, perform puja and worship Lord Vishnu, Lord Ganesha, Goddess Lakshmi, and Lord Kubera. The puja rituals to be performed on Akshaya Tritiya are explained below. Devotees must ensure to clean their house properly. The following items are required for the puja ritual – sweets made from milk, sandalwood paste, incense sticks, flowers, Tulsi leaves, sesame seeds, chana dal, and Prasad made with rice idols of gods.

The Puja Vidhi is as follows:

After cleaning the puja room, decorate the puja area and place the idols of the gods for offering puja. The idols are offered sandalwood paste and flowers. While doing so, chant the mantras dedicated to the god that you are offering worship. Offer the gold or jewellery purchased for Akshaya Tritiya for puja. While worshipping Lord Vishnu, devotees offer yellow clothes, incense sticks, sesame seeds, Tulsi leaves, sweets, chana dal, and Prasad. It is believed that both Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi are the gods of wealth and hence taking their blessings on this day brings prosperity and wealth to your home.

Devotees pray for prosperity and distribute the Prasad to the family and friends who have participated in the puja. Devotees recite Vishnu Sahasranama and Vishnu Chalisa during the puja offerings. A special bhog is offered to Lord Vishnu. After the puja rituals, devotees sing aarti and donate food to the needy and the poor. People also worship and offer food to the cow on this day as the cow symbolizes love and warmth and is considered auspicious.

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Mantras to be chanted while offering the puja.

Below are the mantras to be chanted while worshipping each god.

Mantras for Lord Ganesh

“Om Gam Ganapathaye Namaha“
“Vakratunda Mahakaya Suryakoti Samaprabha, Nirvighnam Kurume Deva Sarvakaryeshu Sarvada“

Lord Vishnu Mantra

“Om namo Bhagavathe Vasudevaya, Om namo Narayana, Om namo Shri Srinivasaya, Om namo Venkatesaya“

Mantra for Goddess Lakshmi

“Om Shree Maha Lakshmyai Cha Vidmahe Vishnu Patnayai Cha Dheemahi Tanno Lakshmi Prachodayat Om“

Mantra for Lord Kubera

“Kubera Twam Danadeesam Gruha Te Kamala Sithta Tam Devem Prehayasu Twam Madgruge te Namo Namah“

What to donate on Akshaya Tritiya

On Akshaya Tritiya day, people offer donations as it is believed that the virtue of donation increases manifold when donated on Akshaya Tritiya. Donations are made in sugar, ghee, grains, fruits, vegetables, clothes, tamarind, gold, silver, etc. They should be offered with good intentions and a pious mind; only then would one achieve eternal prosperity and wealth.

Do’s and don’ts for Akshaya Tritiya

Donations done during Akshaya Tritiya day are a kind of human service that is returned in wealth to the one who donates. It is essential to observe the rules and the list of things that one must follow during this auspicious day. Here are a few things that you must do and must avoid on Akshaya Tritiya.

What to do on Akshaya Tritiya : Things you must do on Akshaya Tritiya:

Buying gold:

It is considered auspicious to buy gold on Akshaya Tritiya as gold is a pure and precious metal and augments wealth and prosperity. Buying gold marks the beginning of a prosperous life, and thus this act is indeed essential on this day.

Investments:

Substantial investments should also be made on this day, just like buying gold and ornaments. This can include investments in the form of new ventures, or other acquisition plans that yield benefits to you and your family alike.

Buying or possession of a house:

On the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya day, many people invest in property and houses or gain possession of their new homes.

Things to avoid on Akshaya Tritiya

The sacred thread ceremony:

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It is best advised to avoid conducting the sacred thread ceremony on this day as it is not considered to be auspicious for performing such a ceremony.

Breaking fasts:

Fasts should never be broken on Akshaya Tritiya day as it is considered to be inauspicious.

Significance of Akshaya Tritiya

According to Hindu mythology, Akshaya Tritiya day marked the beginning of Tretha Yuga. Veda Vyasa started his composition of the grand Itihasa Mahabharata on this day. Akshaya Tritiya also marks the birth anniversary of Parashurama, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, who cleansed Earth of evil kings and created the land of Kerala. It is also believed that the holy Ganga descended to the Earth from heaven due to Bhagiratha’s efforts on Akshaya Tritiya day. This day is also considered to be the birthday of Annapurna, the goddess of food and kitchen. The tradition of buying gold and jewellery on Akshaya Tritiya day ushers happiness and prosperity in the household and ensures eternal wealth for the devotees. It is believed that gold purchased on this day will never diminish and would continue to grow or appreciate every year.

It is also believed that Akshaya Tritiya falling on Rohini Nakshatra day on a Wednesday is considered to be very auspicious. As the word ‘Akshaya’ denotes undiminishing, the benefits of performing Japa, Yajna, Pitru-Tarpan, and charity on this day remain eternal with the person forever.

Akshaya Tritiya is also considered to be an auspicious day and free from all malefic effects by Vedic astrologers. As per the Hindu astrology, the three lunar days of Yugadi, Akshaya Tritiya, and Vijaya Dashami do not need any auspicious Muhurta to begin or perform any auspicious work as these days are free from all malefic effects.

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