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5 Things You Must Do On Akshaya Tritiya

On May 03, 2024

In India, different parts of the country celebrate Akshaya Tritiya in different ways. In Odisha, it is considered Amla Navami, and The God at Puri Jaganatha Temple is worshipped on this day. In Bikaner, Rajasthan, people fly kites to celebrate this festival. Telangana and Andra Pradesh, it is a day for opulence and wealth as people buy gold or silver. Meanwhile, in Eastern India, people begin plowing for the first time on this day.

5 Reasons Why Purchasing Gold On Akshaya Tritiya Is Auspicious

Akshaya Tritya is a highly auspicious and very special day for the Hindus. It falls on the third day of the Shukla Paksha during the Vaisaka month. The day is said to bring good luck, wealth, and prosperity. Akshaya means endless and Tritiya indicates the third phase of the moon. If Akshaya Tritiya falls on the same day as the Star Rohini, it is said to be even more auspicious. There are many legends and tales associated with this auspicious day from the ancient scriptures. Some of them relate to Vishnu and some relate to Krishna. It is celebrated across India with lots of enthusiasm. Here are some of the activities you can perform on Akshaya Tritiya day:

Celebrate The Legend of Parasurama, The Mighty Avatar of Vishnu on Akshaya Tritiya

It is believed that Parasurama, the sixth avatar of Vishnu, was born on the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya. According to the scriptures, it is said that Parasurama killed cruel Kshatriya kings to restore balance. He rescued the earth from evil forces and continues to protect it.

“knatriya-rudhira-maye jagad-apagata-pāpam snapayasi payasi śamita-bhava-tāpam keśava dhṛta-bhṛgupati-rūpa jaya jagadiśa hare”

Chanting the above verse which indicates Parasurama slaying the unwanted kings is said to be very special on this day. This is why Akshaya Tritiya is also called Prasurama Jayanti. Apart from this, the “Hare Krisha Mantra” can also be chanted 108 times for good luck.

Recite Chapters of Bhagavad-Gita on Akshaya Tritiya

It was on the day of Akshaya Tritiya that the great sage Vyasa started to write Mahabharata. One who reads the Bhagavad Gita will not incur any punishment for the sins he had committed in the past. To eliminate the accumulation of sins, one must read Bhagavad Gita with complete surrender. Starting this on Akshaya Tritiya is considered to be even more auspicious. Reading all 18 chapters is said to eliminate all the sins from previous birth.

Akshaya Tritiya - New Beginnings

Akshaya Tritiya is considered auspicious for new beginnings, such as buying gold and silver, starting a new business or venture, or buying land, as it is believed that anything purchased or started on Akshaya Tritiya stays with you forever. Some even buy new vehicles on this day. Women pray for the well-being of their husbands on this day. Some observe a fast during this time to appease the Gods and Goddesses and attract wealth. Any prayer is said to bring a set of blessings and good wealth to the family.

Pray to Your Forefathers on Akshaya Tritiya

In Hindu culture, Sradhha is offered to the departed souls, and people travel to Gaya to perform this ritual for their families' departed souls. Anyone suffering due to their sinful actions can perform this ritual and seek the blessings of their forefathers. Performing this on Akshaya Tritiya day is said to bring peace and harmony. Some families choose Akshaya Tritiya to remember their lost forefathers.

Annadanam, Charity & Donations

There is also a legend of Akshaya Tritiya relating to the Pandavas. According to this legend, the Pandavas received a bowl called Akshaya Patra, which provided unlimited amounts of food from Krishna during their period of exile in the forest. Akshaya Tritiya is the day they received this bowl. So it is considered an auspicious day for Annadanam.

Apart from prayers, one can also distribute food to those in need. It is called Annadana. You can also choose to do this at a Temple of your choice by contributing to their annadana fund. Regardless of how you do it, donating food is considered very auspicious. One can also donate water, vastram (clothes), kumkumam (vermilion), and buttermilk. Another unique donation is offering wheat, which is said to appease Lord Indra. It helps in getting proper rainfall and thus helps agriculture flourish.

It is considered an auspicious day for performing charitable activities. However, it is special to do this on Akshaya Tritiya as it can invoke more wealth and prosperity. As per Vedic scriptures, rulers or kings performed many yagnas seeking wealth for their countries. Charitable actions that are performed compassionately to help the poor will uplift anyone.

While it is not possible to do all of them on Akshaya Tritiya, one can perform any of the activities along with Lakshmi Pooja to seek the blessings of the Goddess. Perform pooja and give different donations this Akshaya Tritya to attract wealth, prosperity and fortune into your life. It is important to cherish what we already have and offer a prayer of gratitude to the Gods on this day while seeking more blessings.

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