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Akshaya Tritiya also known as Akha Teej is a Hindu holy day, that falls on the third

Tithi (Lunar day) of Bright Half (Shukla Paksha) of Hindu month of Vaishakha. This day
is ruled by god Vishnu, the preserver-god in the Hindu Trinity. It is also traditionally
celebrated as the birth day of the Hindu sage Parashurama, the sixth avatar (incarnation)
of the god Vishnu. According to Hindu mythology, on this day the Treta Yuga began and
the river Ganges, the most holy and sacred river of India, descended to the earth from the
heaven.

The word "Akshaya" means the never diminishing in Sanskrit and the day is believed to
bring good luck and success. The day is particularly considered auspicious for buying
long term assets like gold and silver, including ornaments made of the same; diamond
and other precious stones; and the real estate. The legend states that any venture initiated
on the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya shall continue to grow and bring prosperity.
Hence, it is normal to see many of the new ventures, like starting a business, ground
breaking for construction on the Akshaya Tritiya.

As per Hindu electional astrology (Muhurta) three Lunar days (Tithis) are held as most
auspicious. These are called Sade-Teen Muhurtas also. These Tithis are : 1st Tithi of
Bright Half of Chaitra (starting of new year), 10th Tithi of Bright Half of Ashvina (Vijay
Dashmi), 3rd Tithi of Bright Half of Vaishakha (Akshay Tritiya- Parshu Jyanti) & 1st
Tithi of Bright Half of Karttika are called “Sade-Teen (3 ½) Muhurt”. The first three
Tithis are counted as full & the last one as half Tithi, and constitute Sade - Teen Muhurt.
The Sun and Moon are astrologically believed to be at their most exalted equal brightness
on this day.

Akshaya Tritiya is also called Navanna Parvam. Akshaya Tritiya falling on a Rohini star
day is considered more auspicious.

Starting a new activity or buying valuables on this day is considered to bring luck and
success. The religious merit that is acquired by giving gifts on this day is considered
inexhaustible. Many buy new gold jewelry on this day. Most Jewel stores stock in new
jewelry models for this occasion with "Lakshmi-inscribed" gold coins, diamond jewellery
and golden dollars with the pictures of many gods and goddesses.

Akshaya Trithiya, or Akha Teej, is a highly auspicious day which falls on the third day
after Amavasi (no moon) in the Hindu month of Vaishakha. In 2010, the date of Akshaya
Trithiya is May 16. As per Hindu astrology and almanac, each second on the Akshaya
Trithiya day is auspicious. It is said that there is no need to look for a ‘muhurat’ on the
day. The word Akshaya means ‘that which never diminishes’ and the day is ideal for
beginning new ventures as it is believed that all investments on this day appreciates.

Note: Most Panchangs in North India except for Mithila Panchang has termed Akshay
Tritiya 2010 as inauspicious - it is not good for marriages and other auspicious events.
(More details can be found here.)
In a traditional Hindu lunar calendar, Akshay Tritiya is observed on the third day of
Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Vaishakh Month.

It is believed that the sun and the moon are most radiant and best placed on the day.
Therefore it is one of the most popular dates in Hindu calendar for marriages, for
beginning new ventures, for investing and for purchasing valuables like gold and
diamond.

Parashuram Jayanti is also observed on Akshaya Tritiya day. There are numerous legends
associated with Akshaya Tritiya; most popular is that of Sudama or Kuchela visiting Lord
Krishna in Dwarka with a handful of beaten rice (poha or aval).

Another legend suggests that the Pandavas received the Akshaya Pathram (bowl) from
Lord Krishna (in the Mahabharata) on this day.

It is also believed that Sage Vyasa began the composition of Mahabharata on the day.

Lord Vishnu and his incarnations are worshipped on the day. People also conduct
Lakshmi puja on Akshaya Tritiya.

But nowadays, Akshaya Trithiya is associated with gold purchase and many people wait
for the day to make investments in gold.

Hindus believe in the theory of "mahurats" or auspicious timings in every step in life - be
it to begin a new venture or making an important purchase. Akshaya Tritiya is one such
momentous occasion, which is considered one of the most auspicious days of the Hindu
Calendar. It is believed, any meaningful activity started on this day would be fruitful.

Once a Year
Akshaya Tritiya falls on the third day of the bright half of Vaishakh month (April-May),
when the Sun and Moon are in exaltation; they are simultaneously at their peak of
brightness, which happens only once every year.

Holy Day
Akshaya Tritiya, also known as "Akha Teej", is traditionally the birthday of Lord
Parasurama, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. People conduct special Pujas on this
day, bathe in holy rivers, make a charity, offer barley in a sacred fire, and worship Lord
Ganesha & Devi Lakshmi on this day.

The Golden Link


The word "Akshaya" means imperishable or eternal - that which never diminishes.
Initiations made or valuables bought on this day are considered to bring success or good
fortune. Buying gold is a popular activity on Akshaya Tritiya, as it is the ultimate symbol
of wealth and prosperity. Gold and gold jewelry bought and worn on this day signify
never diminishing good fortune. Indians celebrate weddings, begin new business
ventures, and even plan long journeys on this day.

Myths & Legends


The day also marks the beginning of the "SatyaYug" or the Golden Age - the first of the
four Yugas. In the "Puranas", the holy Hindu scriptures, there is a story that says that on
this day of Akshay Tritiya Vedavyas along with Ganesha started writing the great epic
Mahabharata. Ganga Devi or Mother Ganges also descended to earth on this day.

Bright Births
It is also believed that people born during this time shine bright in life. Many luminaries
were born during this period: Basaveshwara born on May 4, Ramanujacharya and Adi
Shankaracharya on May 6, Swami Chinmayananda on May 8 and Lord Buddha on May
16.

Patna: Remember the Abhi-Ash wedding on Akshay Tritiya in 2007? Since then, this
auspicious day on the Hindu calendar has been the most sought-after date for marriage.
But there will be no marriages on May 16 this year. For, almost after a century, plane-tary
conjunctions are not good this time and there is no shubh ma-hurat or shubh lagna for
tying the much-awaited knot.

"Though the tithi falls on the third day of the bright half (Shukla paksha) of Vaishakh
when the sun and moon are simultaneously at their peak of brightness and every moment
of this day is considered auspicious, both Venus and Jupiter are combusted this year and
several doshas of the nakshatra fall on that day, marriages are a strict no no," warned
Delhi astrologer Sameer Upadhyaya.

"Going by legend, Akshay Tritiya marks the first day of Treta Yug. It is on this day that
Lord Vishnu was incarnated as Parshuram. This accounts for the day to be auspicious
enough for the couples to get into wedlock without any prior mahurat. But this year, both
because of planetary combination and this Vaishakh being adhik-mas or malmas, no
marriages should be solemnised. So, one can only look for shubh mahurats only after
May 28," said Mukeshwar Mishra, another astrologer of repute.

"Normally on Akshay Tritiya, a rare and extremely auspicious combination of sthir yog
and saubhagya karan makes it more spe-cial for marriages. However, 2010 is an
exception. The stars are not favourable for any auspicious ceremony, be it marriage,
upanayan, grih pravesh, namkaran, etc." said Acharya Mithilesh Mishra of Varanasi.

The Mithila Panchang is an exception though as priest R N Thakur says: "According to


our almanac, marriages can be solemnised af-ter May 15." No other almanac has any
shubh mahurat before the end of this month.

Amitesh Mishra and Shruti Samant, both working as executives with a private bank, had
planned to tie the knot on Akshay Tritiya. "They were very disheartened when their priest
said the day is not auspicious," said Mitali, their colleague.
Same was the case with Navneet, US-based architect, who desper-ately wanted to enter
into wedlock this Akshay Tritiya. His fiancee, Anamika, is also dejected as all her plans
to fly out this year have gone awry.
"Our elders did not approve of the marriage on this date," she sighed.

Buying gold and silver is a popular activity on this day. However, this year, jewellers,
too, are apprehensive many may not prefer to buy gold.

An Auspicious Day

It is well known that Indians believe passionately in the theory of muhurts or auspicious
times to perform sacraments, to make major purchases or to begin new ventures. Inspite
of modern technology and changing lifeviews, this dedication to auspicious time is a
prominent feature of Indian life. Akshaya Tritiya, the third day of the bright half of
Vaishakh, is considered one of the four most sacred days of the vear.

The word Akshaya means that which never diminishes - hence beginnings made or
valuables bought on this day are considered certain to bring luck and success. All over
India people celebrate weddings, plan new business ventures, long journeys and other
events on this day. Like Diwali, Dussera and Gudi Padva. Akshava Tritiva is reserved for
buying gold, silver and other assets. On this day jewellers keep their shops open well
into twilight time to entertain their buyers. Akshaya Tritiya or Akha TeeJ is traditionally
the birthday of Parshurama, the sixth incarnation of Vishnu. The Puranas tell how he
reclaimed land from the sea along the west coast of India by his valour. Even today Goa
and the Konkan are called Parshurama Kshetra. He then settled 96 selected families
there, called Shahanavkuli Brahmins, who are said to have created the cultural heritage
of this nart of India. In India gold is regarded as the ultimate symbol of wealth and
prosperity. Buying gold and jewellery is a popular activity on Akshaya Tritiya, one of the
most auspicious days of the year.

Belief in Luck and Fortune – a number of festivals and days around the world are
celebrated because these two abstracts exist in the human
minds. Among the Hindus, there are four days in the whole
year, which are believed to be one of the “Golden Days” or
auspicious days. They are Ugadi, Vijayadashami and
Balipaadyami and Akshaya Tritiya. Observing certain rituals on
these days, promises to bring luck and fortune to the devotees.

Akshaya Tritiya - The Auspicious Day

If we look separately into the words Akshaya Tritiya, we will


have a clear idea about the etymology, followed by the time of
year when this day comes. “Akshaya” stands for something which never diminishes and
“Tritiya” stands for third day. Akshaya Tritiya falls on the third day of the Vaisakha, the
first month in the Hindu calendar. On this day the Sun and the Moon are at the height of
their brightness simultaneously.

The Significance

Akshaya Tritiya is popularly known as Akshya Thiritiya, Akshaya Trutheeya, Akshaya


Tritiiya , Akshaya Trithi and also called Akha Teej. The day is believed to bring good
luck, eternal prosperity and success. Any activity, which commences on this day, is
regarded to be very auspicious in every form. This day is so auspicious that any moment
of the day can be considered to be beneficial for starting something new like a new
business etc.

According to Vedic Scholars, wedding can be conducted on any time of this day without
in-depth study for a “shubha mahurat”. The Hindus all over the world keep this day in
mind while undertaking new business ventures or planning for weddings or traveling to
distant lands. There are several reasons behind the day to be regarded as auspicious,
which takes us to the legends and myths related to this day.

Another reason for the significance of this day is that the temples for the pilgrims of
Badri Kedar Yatra or the Char Dham Yatra, opens on the Akshaya Tritiya.

Akshaya Tritiya, variously spelt as Akshya Thiritiya, Akshaya Trutheeya, Akshaya


Tritiiya and also called Akshaya Trithi, falling on the third day of the bright half of the
lunar month of Vaisakha of the traditional Hindu calendar, is one of the four most
auspicious days of the year for Hindus. Akshaya Tritiya is also known as "Akha Teej".
The birthday of Parasurama, the sixth incarnation of Vishnu falls on this day. The
'Dharmasindhu' mentions this is the adi tithi of satayuga. The word Akshaya, a Sanskrit
word, literally means one that never diminishes, and the day is believed to bring good
luck and success. Akshaya Tritiya is observed when tritiya prevails more before the noon.

Whoever worships lord krishna and applies chandan all over lord krishna goes to
vaikuntha. Any japa, homa, pitru tarpana, or dana done that day becomes a-kshaya means
he earns lots of good karma that day. In the Mahabharata, the Pandavas received the
Akshaya Pathram (bowl) from Lord Krishna on this day. The Akshaya Pathram provided
unlimited food for the Pandavas during their exile. Due to this reason, people believe that
anything that is acquired on this day will be replenished. This day is specially important
as on this day any thing you donate is akshaya or never ending. Therefore people conduct
special puja for Goddess Lakshmi and buy new gold and silver ornaments and invest
money in shares and real estate. This festival is widely celebrated in all parts of India by
different sections of the society irrespective of their religious faith and social grouping.

Lord Kubera, considered to be the lord of wealth. According to puranas Lord Kubera
himself pray to Goddess Lakshmi on this day. It is important to pray goddess lakshami
for wealth, lord shiva for health, marriage, and saubhagya. For moksha pray to lord
krishna and apply chandan (sandal wood paste) all over his idol. According to some
classics Shri Veda Vyasa and Lord Ganesha started writing mahabharata on this day. It
was on this day that the Pandavas unearthed weapons that decided their victory over the
Kauravas. Also, it is also believed that Goddess Vijaya Chamundeshwari killed Asura on
this day. This day is particularly considered auspicious for buying long term assets like
gold and silver, including ornaments made of the same; diamond and other precious
stones; and the real estate. The legend states that any venture initiated on the auspicious
day of Akshaya Tritiya shall continue to grow and bring prosperity. Hence, it is normal to
see many of the new ventures, like starting a business, ground breaking for construction
etc on the Akshaya Tritiya Day. Majority of the people believe that wearing gold is
considered to be inviting Goddess Lakshmi in to house. Astrologically, it is believed that
the sun and the moon are most radiant and best placed on the Askhaya Tritiya day. Many
devote Hindus choose the day to conduct auspicious functions. There is no need to select
a ‘muhurat’ on this day as the entire day is devoid of malefic influences. Large number of
marriages and several new beginnings take place on the day. The entire day is good for
performing auspicious occassions.

The 3rd phase of the waxing Moon in the Vedic month of Vaisakha, when the Sun is in
exaltation, is celebrated as Akshaya Tritiya. This year Akshaya Tritiya falls on May 16.

'Akshaya' means inexhaustible and undecaying, while 'Tritiya' is the


3rd phase of the waxing or the waning Moon. Akshaya Tritiya is the
most special of all Tritiya days; it is the only 3rd phase of the Moon
during the entire year that is the most blessed time for money,
business success, abundant prosperity and eliminating losses.

Akshaya Tritiya is considered to be as powerful as Maha


Shivaratri. It is the perfect day to make new beginnings so that
they produce imperishable results, to practise the art of giving to
ensure infinite returns, and to maximize the divine blessings in your
life by performing only auspicious actions.

Legend of Akshaya Tritiya

The scriptures refer to this day with great reverence. The Mahabharata epic narrates that
the Pandavas received the Akshaya Patram, the bowl that grants undiminishing food, on
this day. Annapurna, the Goddess of food, was born on this day, and later Lord Shiva
came down as a beggar and took alms from Annapurna on this day.

This is the day Lord Krishna bestowed unimaginable wealth on his poor friend Kuchela
who had come to see him with a handful of puffed rice. Kubera, the Banker in heaven,
also got his coveted position on Akshaya Tritiya due to his past giving habits on this day.

An Interesting Story from Puranas>>


The Grand Day of Generous Giving
'The hand that gives is the hand that gathers' - is a timeless truth. Universe is a mysterious
place and has its own secret laws. One of the important secrets to manifesting material
success is to first give with a clean heart. Those who have made it really big clearly
understand this power of giving with a pure heart. This act according to the Vedas brings
back the money manifold.

This is the single most powerful day for charities. "If you want maximum benefit for
your donation, this is the one day when you can do it. There are specific items for giving
on this day - poor feedings at certain temples, cow and calf, land, gold, umbrellas, hand
fans, and cool refreshing drinks", says Dr. Baskaran Pillai, Founder, AstroVed.

The Divinely Golden Day

On this day, wealth will increase in homes where gold coins and items are kept for pooja
and worshipped as Goddess Lakshmi. The Tamil Siddhas, the spiritual scientists of
Southern India, spoke of an unchallenged Divine law - 'Wearing Gold attracts Gold'.
So, if you want more gold in your life, get yourself more gold items.

Akshaya Tritiya

17 April 2010 and 16 May 2010

The third day (Tritiya) of the waxing Moon in Vaishakha month - the only day when both Sun and Moo
exalted annually

Note- due to the adhika masa (extra lunar month) this year- the official celebration of Akshaya Tritiya
done on 16 May. 17 April- both Sun and Moon are exalted, so that day should also be considered to be A
tritiya and so this year we have two Akshaya tritiyas instead of one. Adhika masa is a very auspicious m
Click here to read more about it. The dates mentioned are for Indian Standard Time. In Europe, it will be t
dates while in USA it will be on 16 April and 15 May

Akshaya means that which never ends. All over India people celebrate weddings, plan new business ventures
journeys and other events on this day and buy gold, silver and other assets. It is a good time to begin what yo
eternal.

The two legends about this date are both connected with Mahabharata. When Pandavas were in exile, Lord K
Draupadi a bowl called the Akshaya Pathram. Whatever food Draupadi put in this bowl, it never finished, so
feed her family despite having few resources.

Ved Vyas, the great Rishi wrote many of the great books including Shrimad Bhaagvat. While writing the Mah
Ved Vyasa realised that his thoughts were flowing faster than he could write. So on this auspicious Akshaya t
requested Ganesha to help him write. Ganesha put a condition to Ved Vyasa that he ( Ved Vyas) should not to
narration. Ved Vyas agreed to this only if Ganesha himself only write the shlokas if he understood them. So th
and his divine helper both gave us the great epic Mahabharatha.
On Akshaya tritiya, panchanga need not be consulted as this day is so auspicious that it cancels all negative in
difficult planets and yogas. Often this is a day chosen for beginning new projects. It is also an excellent day t
married.

Performing Vishnu Pooja and reciting the Vishnu Sahasranama Stotra ( 1008 names of Vishnu) are considered
auspicious on this day for prosperity and progress.

It is a good day to begin study or writing as you get many spiritual benefits and special energy that allows yo
higher thoughts quickly.

Dana (donation) given today is said to give manyfold results. you can feed the poor, do service to humanity, g
favourite charity. Anna dana - feeding the poor is considered the best donation of all.

How to celebrate Akshaya Tritiya

Make a donation to a worthy cause

Give Annadanam - donate food as a service to humanity

Begin an important project

If you have always wanted to write, this is a great day to put pen to paper and write the first words.

You must only do these if you believe in this philosophy. if you undertake projects half heartedly, the results
good.

The word Akshaya means that which never diminishes - hence beginnings made or
valuables bought on this day are considered certain to bring luck and success. This
day is specially important as on this day any thing you donate is shaya or never
ending.

Akshaya Tritiya marks the beginning of the Treta Yug. The birthday of
Parashurama, the sixth incarnation of Vishnu falls on this day. This is one of the
most auspicious days according to the Hindu calendar. So this day is considered
auspicious for starting new ventures and making new purchases.

In Sanskrit, the meaning of Akshay is never diminishing. As the meaning says, on the day
of Akshay Tritiya people never feel the dearth of happiness or bliss.

What is the Importance and Significance of Akshay Tritiya as per the Hindu
Astrology?
According to the Hindu Astrology, especially in terms of Muhurtas, Akshaya Tritiya is
considered as one of the three most auspicious Muhurtas (Sade-Teen Muhurat). One is
the first thithi of the Chaitra Month (Ugadi Day), second is the tenth thithi of the Lunar
month Ashwin or Aswayuja masam (Vijaya Dashmi Day) and the third one is the third
thithi of Vaishakha masa, the Akshaya Tirtiya Day. It is also referred as Unboojha
Muhurat.
What is the Importance and Significance of Akshaya Tritiya as per the Hindu
Mythology?
As per the Hindu religious texts and epics, the Thretha Yuga was started on the day of
Akshaya Tritiya. On the day of Akshaya Tritiya, Hindus also observe the birthday of Lord
Parasurama, the sixth incarantion of Lord Sri Maha Vishnu.

As mentioned in the Vedas, on the day of Akshaya Trithiya, along with Lord Ganesha
Sage Veda Vyasa initiated writing the great epic, Mahabharata. Puranas describe the day
of Akshaya Trithiya is the birthday of Lord Parasurama (Lord Parasurama Jayanthi). The
Hindu scriptures and other sacred texts explained the greatness of Lord Parasuram.

On the day of Akshaya Tirtiya, Lord Shri Balarama Jayanthi (birthday of Lord Sri
Balaram) is also celebrated. Balarama was the elder brother of Lord Sri Krishna. Lord
Balaram is significantly known with his weapon ‘Hal’. Lord Balarama is also referred as
one of the Dasavatara, ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu.

What are the Rituals, Customs and Traditions of Akshay Tritiya?


Akshay Tritiya festival is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Worship of Lord Vishnu on Akshay
Tritiya eradicates and removes one’s sins and makes him free from all sorrows. Puranas
described that Devotees who perform Sri Maha Vishnu Puja on Akshay Tritiya may attain
salvation.

In some regions, devotees keep fasts on Akshaya Tritiya. As per the Puranas, charity of
food, clothes and other edible material on Akshaya Tritiya is also considered as most
important ritual of the festival. There is a ritual to perform Goddess Tulsi Puja on Akshay
Tritiya in some regions of India.

Many astrologers in North India are claiming that Akshay Tritiya 2010 is not good for
auspicious functions like marriage, house warming etc. Akshay Tritiya, also known as
Akha Teej or Akhatrij, is one of the most sought after days for marriages, marriage,
upanayan, grih pravesh, namkaran in a year as it is famous for shubh ma-hurat or shubh
lagna and is also counted among the three and half most auspicious days in a Hindu
Lunar year. So what is the astrological problem with Akshay Tritiya 2010 falling on May
16?

Times of India reports

"Though the tithi falls on the third day of the bright half (Shukla paksha) of Vaishakh
when the sun and moon are simultaneously at their peak of brightness and every moment
of this day is considered auspicious, both Venus and Jupiter are combusted this year and
several doshas of the nakshatra fall on that day, marriages are a strict no no," warned
Delhi astrologer Sameer Upadhyaya.

…this year, both because of planetary combination and this Vaishakh being adhik-mas or
malmas, no marriages should be solemnised. So, one can only look for shubh mahurats
only after May 28," said Mukeshwar Mishra, another astrologer of repute.
Please note that there are exceptions for some Hindu communities

The Mithila Panchang is an exception though as priest R N Thakur says: "According to


our almanac, marriages can be solemnised af-ter May 15." No other almanac has any
shubh mahurat before the end of this month.

Some Panchangs in western part of India considers this Akshaya Tritiya auspicious.

Akshaya Tritiya is the third day of bright half (Shukla Paksha) of Vaishaka month of
Hindu (April – May). This is one of the four most auspicious days of the year. It is the
day when entire 24 hours are regarded auspicious and there is no need to look for time to
start auspicious things. In year 2010, Akshaya Tritiya falls on 16th of May.

Why this day is so important: ‘Akshaya’ literally means ‘never diminishing’ or ‘never
ending’. It is the auspicious occasion that is widely celebrated.

There are several reasons for Akshaya Tritiya being considered auspicious. They are as
follows:

 This is the day when Lord Vishnu was incarnated as sage Parashuram.

 Veda Vyasa and Lord Ganesh initiated writing of Mahabharata on the day of
Akshaya Tritiya

 Hindu mythology says that Treta Yuga began on this day while some Vedic books
mention Satya Yuga began on this day.

 It is also mentioned that Mother Ganges descended from heavenly abode to the
earth on the day of Akshata Tritiya.

 Astrologically, this day is the brightest day. On this day Sun is in Aries and Moon
is in Taurus and the positions are such that they emit maximum light.
 For the Jains, it is a special day. Bhagvan Rishabhdev, the first ‘tirthankar’ broke
his fast with sugarcane juice after fasting for whole year. Following his example,
Jains celebrate this day by fasting.

 What all should be done on Akshaya Tritiya:

 Akshaya Tritiya is best celebrated by taking up initiatives. Any initiations


made on this day are considered to bring good fortune and success.

 Gold and silver are bought and worn on this day as they are symbol of
wealth and prosperity. Buying gold on this day signifies never-diminishing money
or wealth for the whole year.

 Rituals are observed on this day such as Lakshmi pooja or Vishnu Pooja. It is
also meant auspicious to have a holy dip in Ganges river. Some Hindus worship
Lord Ganesh and seek for his blessings for the whole year. Tulasi Poojan is done
in some regions of India. Charity of food, clothes and edible materials on Akshaya
Tritiya is also considered an important, favorable ritual of the day.

Naturally so, 'Akshaya' means inexhaustible and undecaying, while 'Tritiya' is the 3rd
phase of the waxing or the waning Moon. It is the 3rd phase of the waxing Moon in the
Vedic month of Vaisakha (May-June) that is celebrated as Akshaya Tritiya. On this day,
the Sun and the Moon are in exaltation; they are simultaneously at their peak of
brightness, which happens only once every year.

Even the scriptures refer to this day with great reverence. The Mahabharata epic narrates
that the Pandavas received the Akshaya Patram, the bowl that grants undiminishing food,
on this day. Annapurna, the Goddess of food, was born on this day, and later Lord Shiva
came down as a beggar and took alms from Annapurna on this day. This is the day Lord
Krishna bestowed unimaginable wealth on his poor friend Kuchela who had come to see
him with a handful of rice flakes. Kubera, the Banker in heaven, also got his coveted
position on Akshaya Tritiya due to his past giving habits on this day.

Akshaya Tritiya is the perfect day to make new beginnings so that they produce
imperishable results, to practise the art of giving to ensure infinite returns, and to
maximize the divine blessings in your life by performing only auspicious actions.

Praying on this day can help you make swift progress in life and eliminate deep-rooted
negative thoughts about money. It is the best day to go for new investments like fixed
deposits in banks, post office savings scheme, insurance policies, share market, mutual
funds, and so on. It is an ideal day for starting new ventures. Thousands of marriages are
performed on this day. It is a wonderful day to forgive and forget the past and renew
relationships with friends and relatives. It is also the apt time to resolve to give up bad
habits, and adopt good habits.

"The hand that gives is the hand that gathers" - is a timeless truth. One of the important
Secrets of the universe for manifesting material success is to first give with a pure heart.
This act, according to the Vedas, brings back the money manifold. However, on Akshaya
Tritiya, the returns are not just manifold, they are infinite. This is the single most
powerful day for charities. So, if you want maximum benefit for your donation, this is the
one day when you can do it.

Any seed we plant on Akshaya Tritiya day will grow to infinite dimensions, so one
should choose to plant the seeds of prosperity, joy, success, and compassion.

Akshaya Tritiya this year falls on 2010 date is May 16th. According to the Telugu
calendar, Vyayanama Year, Uttarayana Vasanta Rutuvu Vaisakha month, Tadiya Thidi.

Akshaya Tritiya is traditionally observed as the birthday of Parusurama, the sixth


incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Puranas spoke about how he reclaimed the land from the sea.
The Sun and Moon are astrologically believed to be at their most exalted equal brightness
on this day. The brightness is at its best at the west coast of India. Goa and Konkan
regions, even today, are referred to as Parusurama Kshetra. Akshaya Tritiya, the third day
of the bright-half of the lunar month of Vaisakha is considered as one of the most sacred
days of the year.

The word, "Akshaya" means one that never diminishes. Hence, starting a new activity or
buying valuables on this day is considered to certainly bring luck and success. The
religious merit that is acquired by giving gifts on this day becomes inexhaustible. Many
buy new gold jewelry on this day. Most Jewel stores stock in new jewelry models for this
occasion. "Lakshmi-inscribed" gold coins, diamond jewelery and golden dollars with the
pictures of many gods and goddesses.

The day is generally observed by fasting and worship Lard Vasudeva with rice grains.
The day gains more importance when it falls on a Monday or under Rohini Star. A dip in
the Ganges on this day is considered to be very auspicious.

Akshaya Tritiya is also called Navanna Parvam. This day also happens to be Parusurama
Jayanti. Akshaya Tritiya falling on a Rohini star day is considered more auspicious.
Needless to say, this rare occasion comes this year.

Lord Kubera, considered to be the richest, is one amongst the Astadikpalakas. Lakshmi
Tantram says that this Lord will himself pray to Goddess Lakshmi on this day.

Most of us are already aware of Dharma, Ardha, Kama and Moksha. Out of these, Ardha
plays an important role. Ardha here means money. Even decades passes by, the
importance of Ardha remains the same. Without Ardha, nothing can be achieved. Here
Ardha merely does not only mean money but also includes honour, happiness etc.
The pujas we have to perform on Akshaya Tritiya are as under:

Kubera Lakshmi Puja

This puja has to be performed on this day only. The puja should commence in the
morning and ends in the evening. From the next day onwards, one has to perform the puja
regularly for 108 times by reciting the moola mantra. A photo of Goddess Lakshmi Devi
along with Sudarsana Kubera Yantra could be used for the puja. Light with pure ghee
should be used. Also light dhoop sticks with Kumkum and turmeric can be used. The
moola mantra for the pujas is as follows:

Kubera Twam Danadeesam Gruha Te Kamala Sithta


Tam Devem Prehayasu Twam Madgruhe te Namo Namah

Akshaya Tritiya is one of the most significant day in the year. In 2010, this day falls on
16th May. There are numerous instances in our Hindu texts that mark this day as
auspicious.

It is said that every minute of this day is positive and provides blessings and abundance.
Hence this day is the best day to get married.

Marrying on Akshaya Tritiya brings good fortune, prosperity and longevity to the couple.
Most Indian Hindu customs requires the right muhurat or a significantly positive time of
the day.

This is based on the constellations and the planetary positioning of the bride and groom’s
birth chart. It is deducted on the science of astrology. But Akshaya Tritiya nullifies all the
negativity, Graha dosh or ill effects of the planets.

It is also the best day to buy gold, silver and platinum. The reason for this is explained in
the Mahabharata. Our previous post “Buying Gold?” will give you a detailed
understanding behind this reason.

Akshaya Tritiya, or Akha Teej, is an auspicious day which falls on the third day after
Amavasi (no moon) in the Hindu month of Vaishakha. According to Hindu astrology
and almanac, each second on Akshaya Tritiya is auspicious. It is said there is no need to
look for a muhurat on the day. The word Akshaya means ‘that which never diminishes’,
and the day is ideal for beginning new ventures as it is believed that all investments on
this day are bound to appreciate. Akshaya Tritiya and Parashuram Jayanti are both
being observed on Monday.

In a traditional Hindu lunar calendar, Akshay Tritiya is observed on the third day of
Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) in Vaishakh Month.It is one of the most popular
dates in Hindu calendar for marriages, for beginning new ventures, for investing and for
purchasing valuables like gold and diamond.

There are numerous legends associated with Akshaya Tritiya, the most popular being that
of Sudama visiting Lord Krishna in Dwarka with a handful of beaten rice (poha). Another
legend is that the Pandavas received the Akshaya Pathram (bowl) from Lord Krishna (in
the Mahabharat) on this day. The food came in abundance, when they were in the forest.
It is also believed that Sage Ved Vyas began the composition of Mahabharata on the day.

But nowadays, it is associated with gold purchase and many people wait for the day
to make investments in gold.