Akshaya Tritiya comes on the third day of Vaishaka Masam and is also called Akha Teej. ‘Akshaya’ means eternal or never diminishing and ‘Tritiya’ means the third day. The day brings good luck and success and is considered auspicious to start new undertakings and jobs, business, marriages, investing and buying property.
On the day of Akshaya Tritiya, people bathe in holy rivers, donate and start new ventures. The day is considered sacred for the worship of Lord Vishnu, the preserver of creation, and special pujas are performed to invoke Lord Vishnu. The day is significant for the worship of Lakshminarayan, one of the forms of Lord Vishnu and his consort Goddess Lakshmi. Devotees observe a day-long fast and worship Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi by offering flowers, dhoop, and various ointments.
According to Hindu mythology, it is the day when Treta Yuga began and Satya Yuga ended.
Hanuman Jayanti will be celebrated on Friday the 19th of April 2019.
There are many a legend associated with Akshaya Tritiya. Here are the seven popular legends.
It is believed that on this Goddess Annapurna, the Goddess of food, was born. She is considered a form of Parvati that feeds the hungry. According to legend, Lord Shiva disguised himself as a beggar and approached Annapurna for food, The Goddess fed Lord Shiva on this day.
Hence, Anna Daan is an integral part of Akshaya Tritiya.
On this day Lord Kuber received his wealth and was appointed the custodian of wealth and prosperity after he prayed to Lord Shiva along with Goddess Lakshmi. Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Kuber became joint custodians of all things related to wealth and prosperity.
Lakshmi Kuber Puja is therefore performed to please Lord Kuber and Goddess Lakshmi.
Hence, the most popular act on Akshaya Tritiya is for people to buy Gold.
Composing of Mahabharata
According to legend, this is the day when Sage Ved Vyas is said to have started composing the Mahabharata with the help of Lord Ganesha.
Since Mahabharata is considered as the fifth Veda and consists of the Bhagavad Gita, it is hence recommended to
recite the Bhagavad Gita on this day.
The legend of Krishna and Sudama
As the legend goes, it was on the day of Akshaya Tritiya, when Sudama approached his friend Lord Krishna for financial help. Since Sudama did not have much, he took with him a handful of poha (beaten rice) and offered it to Lord Krishna. The Lord treated Sudama with much honor. Humbled with the way Lord Krishna treated him, Sudama did not ask for the favor. When he reached home, he found his small home turned into a palace and Lord Krishna blessed him with eternal wealth.
It is thus recognized that on the day of Akshaya Tritiya, people are blessed with wealth and material gains.
The birth of Lord Parashurama
It is known on this day the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Lord Parashurama was born.
The day is also celebrated as Parashurama Jayanti.
The descent of the Ganges
It is believed on this day, that the holiest river, Ganges descended on earth. On the behest of King Bhagiratha, she descended from heaven and to control her tremendous fall, the king prayed to Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva agreed to capture, Ganga in his locks to break her massive force, letting her down gently and allowing her to follow the path set by the King.
It is on the day of Akshaya Tritiya that Lord Krishna provided the Pandavas and Draupadi with the Akshaya Patra. Akshaya Patra means inexhaustible vessel. Lord Krishna blessed the vessel with never-ending supply of food to the Pandavas. Yudhistra used the vessel to feed the needy and hungry.
It is for this reason that people believe that on the day of Akshaya Tritiya all this is acquired will be replenished and multiply.
Astrologically, it is believed that on this day the Sun and the Moon are at its brightest, which happens only once in a year. As per Vedic astrology, since the day is an auspicious day, it is free from any malefic effects. It is considered a good day to start any new work and all new work started yields successful results.
Why buy Gold on Akshaya Tritiya
Since Vedic times, Gold is the most precious metal. It is considered a symbol of wealth, power, and prosperity. Buying gold on the day of Akshaya Tritiya is an important ritual. It is believed that buying gold on this day brings to the person everlasting wealth and prosperity and it stays in the family for many generations.
Akshaya Tritiya Timings
Akshaya Tritiya Puja Muhurat = 06:11 to 12:35
Tritiya Tithi Begins = 03:17 on 7/May/2019
Tritiya Tithi Ends = 02:17 on 8/May/2019
Auspicious Timings to Buy Gold on Akshaya Tritiya
Akshaya Tritiya Muhurat to Buy Gold
May 06, 2019 (Monday) - 27:18 to 30:11
Auspicious Choghadiya timings between 27:18 to 30:11
Night Muhurta (Shubh, Amrit, Char) = 27:18+ - 30:11+
Akshaya Tritiya Muhurat to Buy Gold
May 07, 2019 (Tuesday) - 06:11 to 26:17
Auspicious Choghadiya timings between 06:11 to 26:17
Morning Muhurta (Char, Labh, Amrit) = 09:23 - 14:11
Afternoon Muhurta (Shubh) = 15:47 - 17:23
Evening Muhurta (Labh) = 20:23 - 21:47
Night Muhurta (Shubh, Amrit, Char) = 23:11 - 26:17+