Akshaya Tritiya is observed on Shukla Paksha Tritiya i.e. the third day during bright half of Vaishakha lunar month in Lunar calendar. According to scriptures and Purana(s), Satya Yuga ended and Treta Yuga began on the day of Akshaya Tritiya. Hence, Akshaya Tritiya is Yugadi Tithi and the day has great religious significance for most Hindu families.
Lord Vishnu, being the preserver of whole creation, is worshipped on Akshaya Tritiya which is a Yugadi Tithi. As the day has been blessed by Lord Vishnu, the day is considered very significant to worship and please Lakshminarayana form of Lord Vishnu. Lakshminarayana is the manifestation of Lord Vishnu in which Lord Vishnu is worshipped along with His consort Goddess Lakshmi. Devotees of Lord Vishnu observe a day long fast on the significant day of Akshaya Tritiya. As per Vratraj, on the day of Akshaya Tritiya Lord Vishnu along with Goddess Lakshmi should be worshipped ritualistically with all necessary Puja steps including flowers, Dhoop and various ointments.
The day of Akshaya Tritiya is also given special significance in Vedic Astrology. It is believed that the day doesn’t need any Muhurat to start any auspicious work. Many Mangalika (माङ्गलिक) work e.g. marriage ceremony, house warming ceremony, purchasing of new clothes and jewelry, purchasing property, buying new vehicle and motor bike etc. are performed on Akshaya Tritiya day.
The word Akshaya (अक्षय) means never diminishing. Hence the benefits of doing any Japa, Yajna, Pitra-Tarpan, Dan-Punya i.e. charity works, Svadhyaya i.e. studying of Vedas and Puja on this day never diminish and remain with the person forever.
Hence, to take the maximum benefit of the day, many Hindus take bath in the sacred water at various holy places. Not only on Akshaya Tritiya day, many devotees take pledge to take daily holy bath during the whole month of Vaishakha. To appease their deceased ancestors, Hindu families also perform Tarpan with the water and sesame seeds on the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya. It is believed that performing Hawan gives maximum benefits and people perform Homa preferably with Yava i.e. barley seeds and Akshata i.e. unbroken rice on the significant day of Akshaya Tritiya.
Akshaya Tritiya Deity(s)
Lakshminarayana i.e. Lord Vishnu along with His consort Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped on the day of Akshaya Tritiya.
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