What is Akshaya Tritiya?
Akshaya Tritiya is a most auspicious occasion for Hindus. It is also known as Akha Teej, and it is celebrated on Tritiya (third day) of the Shukla Paksha in Vishaka month. It is even more auspicious if the Muhurta falls on Rohini Nakshatra. "Akshaya" means ‘something indestructible or undiminished. Hence, rituals and the good deeds done on this day gives excellent benefits. It is believed that the blessings and divine grace that one receives from such acts do not diminish and only keep growing with time. Supposedly, even Lord Kubera became wealthy and was given the position of the treasurer of the gods only after he prayed to Goddess Lakshmi on this day.
Akshaya Tritiya Pooja
Those who wish to get wealth, power and success can perform the Akshaya Tritiya Pooja. This Pooja invokes the blessings of several gods like Lord Ganesha, Lord Shiva, Lord Krishna, Lord Vishnu, and Goddess Lakshmi. Lord Ganesha bestows blessings like knowledge, courage, and wisdom to devotees on this day. While Lord Shiva bestows marital happiness and good fortune, Goddess Lakshmi frees us from financial problems. Lord Krishna gives the blessings of peace and moksha. This day is so auspicious that one can start new ventures without bothering to find suitable Muhurta (auspicious period). Performing this Pooja before starting a new venture on this day is highly beneficial.
How to Perform The Pooja
For the Pooja, the following items are needed:
- Idols of Lord Vishnu and Ganapati
- Sandalwood paste
- Tulsi leaves
- Sesame seeds
- Chana dal
- Sweets made with milk
Get up at sunrise and clean the Pooja room thoroughly. Arrange the idols of Lord Vishnu and Ganapati. Keep sandalwood paste and flowers before the gods. Chant mantras on Lord Ganesha and pray to him. Offer sesame seeds and Prasad of rice, channa dal and sweets to Lord Vishnu. Chant Vishnu Sahasranamam and other mantras. Distribute the Prasad to friends and family after the Pooja. Donate food or money to Brahmins and poor people. Goddess Parvati can be worshipped by offering milk, channa dal, wheat, dal, clothes, etc. Fill the Kalash (pot) with water. Some people also feed roti and grass to cows.
Mantras to be chanted on Akshaya Tritiya
While offering sandalwood paste, this mantra should be chanted:
"Yam Karothi thruthiyayaam Krishnam Chandanam Bhushitam Vaishakhasyasthithe Pakshe Sayathyachyutha Mandiram"
Lord Ganapati can be invoked with the following Mantras.
"Om Gam Ganapathaye Namaha"
"Vakratunda Mahakaya Suryakoti Samaprabha
Nirvighnam Kurume Deva Sarvakaryeshu Sarvada"
The mantra below should be chanted when performing acts of charity.
"Sri Parameshwara preethyartha muda kumbhadaanoktha phala vaapyartham brahmana yodakumbha daanam karishye thadanga kalasha pujyadhikam cha karishye".
Goddess Mahalakshmi can be invoked by chanting the mantra below for wealth and prosperity
(Maha Lakshmi Gayatri Mantra)
"Om Shree Maha Lakshmyai Cha Vidmahe
Vishnu Patnayai Cha Dheemahi
Tanno Lakshmi Prachodayat Om"
Kubera mantra, as given below, can be chanted to receive material gains:
"Kuberaa Twam Danadeesam Gruha Te Kamala Sithta Tam Devem Prehayasu Twam Madgruge te namo Namah"