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Today is Akshaya Tritiya

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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  1. Akshay Tritiya, also called Akshaya Teej or Akha Teej is one day which is never “absent” from the lunar calendar.
  2. It is one of the most pious festivals in Hinduism. It marks the beginning of ‘Treta Yuga’.
  3. Akshaya means imperishable. Japa, worship, purification of body, donations etc. done on this day remain imperishable.
  4. All auspicious initiatives can be taken on this day without asking the priest.
  5. The Day is worshipped as an auspicious day in Jainism because it is said to have established the very first “ahar charya” a methodology to prepare and serve food to Jain monks. Shreyansha Kumara offered Tirthankara Rishabhadeva sugarcane juice after one year of fast.
  6. The day has great significance for taking holy dip in the Ganga River. The holy dip makes a person free from all sins and troubles (Best day for self confession).
  7. Sun baths during the month of Vaisakh also indicate the need for sun bath to remove vitamin D deficiency from the body.
  8. The day is also marked with the opening of doors of Badrinarayanji (Best time to start new ventures: Vishnu symbolizes doing ventures).
  9. It is believed that if you do charity on this day you will be blessed. The devotees should offer mishri and wet gram pulses.
  10. One should donate water with sesame and Kusha grass to forefathers (For treating attachment disorders).
  11. One should also install free drinking water or sharbat centers (pyau) on this day (Denotes need for safe water in the summer).
  12. This festival is charity–oriented (Anything which in excess can harm should be donated).
  13. One should also donate Sattu with sugar or Jaggery.
  14. One must consume Sattu on Akshaya Tritiya (Sattu is the fast food of summer with cooling properties; it’s a high energy drink).
  15. Fast should be broken with sugarcane juice (Sugarcane is the best summer drink provided it is hygienically prepared).
  16. Akshay Tritiya is also traditionally celebrated as the birthday of the Hindu sage Parashurama, the sixth incarnation of the god Vishnu, who represents the quality to fight injustice.
  17. The gold industry proliferates on the day and people like to buy gold on this day.
  18. It is also worshipped as a combined day of Kubera and Goddess Lakshmi and works on the principle “what was lost will come back to you.”

In any Hindu Lunar Calendar year three and half days (sade teen muhurat) are considered highly auspicious as per traditional Vedic astrology followed in North and western parts of India.

On these days there is no need to look for auspicious time. Each second on the day is highly auspicious. The day is chosen for any new or good work without any ritual or asking the priest. The Sun (Surya) and Moon (Chandra) are astrologically believed to be at their most exalted position on the day.

The days are Gudhi Padwa;  Akshay Tritiya;  Vijaya Dashami and Bali Pratipada, a day after Dewali.

  1. Gudhi Padwa:  is also called Chaitra Shukla Pratipada and is the first day of the Shukla Paksha or waxing phase of moon in Chaitra month (March – April). The day is observed as traditional Hindu New Year ( Telgu or Kannad New Year) in North India, Maharashtra,Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
  2. Akshaya Tritiya is the third day during the Shukla Paksha of Vaishakh month (April – May). The day is also known as Akha Teej and Akhatrij.
  3. Vijaya Dashami is the 10th day of the Shukla Paksha of Ashwin month (September – October)
  4. Half Muhurat is Kartik Shukla Pratipada or a day after Diwali and is the Gujrati New Year. This is the day of beginning of calculation of time as per Vikram Samvat. It is also celebrated as Annakut, Govardhan Puja, Gokrida, Vishwakarma Day (Punjab), Bali Puja or Marga Pali Puja.

Akshaya Tritiya ( Akshaya Teej, Akha Teej)

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1. Akshay Tritiya is one day which is never “absent” from the lunar Calendar.

2. It is one of the most pious festivals in Hinduism. It’s begging of ‘Treta Yuga’.

3. Akshaya means imperishable. Japa, worship, purification of body, donations etc. done on this day remain imperishable.

4. All auspicious initiatives can be taken on this day without asking the priest.

5. The Day is worshipped as auspicious day in Jainism because it is said to have established the very first “ahar charya” a methodology to prepare and serve food to Jain Monks.  Shreyansha Kumara offered Tirthankara Rishabhadeva sugarcane juice after one year of fast.

6. The day has great significance for taking holy dip in the Ganga River. The holy dip makes a person free from all sins and troubles. (Best day for self confession)

7. Sun baths during the month of Vaisakh also indicated toe need for sun bath to remove vitamin D deficiency from the body.

8. The day is also marked with the opening of doors of Badrinarayanji. (Best time to start new ventures: Vishnu symbolizes doing ventures)

9. It is believed that if you do charity on this day you will be blessed.  The devotees should offer mishri and wet gram pulses.

10. One should donate water with sesame and Kusha grass to forefathers. (For treating attachment disorders)

11. One should also install free drinking water or sharbat centers (pyau) on this day.  (denotes need to safe water in the summer)

12. This festival is charity-oriented. ( anything which in excess can harm should be donated)

13. One should also donate Sattu with sugar or Jaggery.

14. One must consume Sattu on Akshaya Tritiya. (Sattu is the fast food of summer with cooling properties, it’s a high energy drink)

15. Fast should be broken with sugarcane juice. (Sugarcane is the best summer drink provided it is hygienically made)

16. It is also traditionally celebrated as the birthday of the Hindu sage Parashurama, the sixth incarnation of the god Vishnu, who represents the quality to fight injustice.

17. The gold industry proliferates on the day and people like to buy gold on this day.

18. It is also worshiped as a combined day of Kubera and Goddess Lakshmi and works on the principle “what was lost will come back to you”