As per Hindu Vedic The study of the influence of celestial bodies on earth and humans, Akshaya Tritiya 2017 or Akha Teej is considered a very auspicious day as many important events took place on this Tithi (day) according to Hindu mythology, This auspicious Teej falls on the third day, Shukla Paksha (bright fortnight) of Vaisakha maas (month) on 28 April 2017. It is considered most auspicious, if falls on Rohini Nakshatra day. Rohini Nakshatra starts on 28th April in the afternoon and ends on 29th April 2017 in the morning at 10: 56 AM. Akshaya Tritiya is one of the most significant Tithi, considered to be an extremely auspicious yoga period (Shubh Muhurat) of the three Sade Teen Muhurat.
Three Sade Teen Muhurat:
i) Ugadi, 1st Tithi in Chaitra Maas
ii) Dushahara or Vijaya Dashmi in Ashwin Maas
iii) Akshaya Tritiya in Vaisakha Maas.
Akshaya Tritiya never diminishes (Tithi Kshaya) in Hindu lunar calendar and it comes only once in a year. Sun and Moon are in their exalted Heaven divided into 12 signs, of 30° each signs, at their most powerful position and brightest point on Akshaya Tritiya.
This Tithi is strongly believed to bring unending success and good fortune to the people if they start planning a new venture or an auspicious event. This day is considered significant by both Hindus and Jains. The meaning of the word Akshaya means ‘never diminishing’ or ‘destroying’, so anything attained on this day is believed to bring unending success and happiness. Akshaya Tritiya is considered an auspicious day to buy a new house, a new car, other luxury items or gold. A large number of people buy gold ornaments or coins on this particular day.
This day is considered auspicious for planning to start new ventures, making commitments, starting new relationships and also for performing marriage ceremony. It is believed that this day is the birthday of Lord Parashurama the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
God Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi are worshiped by Hindus on this Tithi as Kuber was blessed with the custody of status, position, prosperity, wealth and treasure in the heaven by Lord Krishna (incarnation of Vishnu) on this day.To perform Puja, most of the people observe fast and do daan. Worship Lord Vishnu first then Sree Lakshmi with the method we we do Lakshmi Puja, chant Vishnu Sahastranama to please Lord Vishnu.
Ganesha and Ved Vyasa started to write Mahabharata, Lord Krishna presented Akshaya Patra, the unending bowl of food material to Pandava during their exile, Lord Krishna conferred the unending prosperity and empire to his poor friend Sudama and transformed his old hut into royal palace with all amenities, on this day. I hope readers must have liked all above interesting legends based on Puranic Katha and try to attain best possible positive results through their Punya-karma.
List of charitable things to be donated on this day to please Pitra or our forefathers
i) Jal (water) in copper or silver vessel
ii) Bed or bedding
iii) Vastra (clothes)
iv) Til (sesame seeds)
v) Chandan (sandal wood)
vii) Nariyal (coconut)
viii) Whey (chhachh)
- ix) Pan(betel)
- x) Slippers or shoes
Do’s and don’ts
Jap, Tap, Pavitra-snan, Homa, Havan and charity to the poor, needy and old people are some of the recommended Punya-karma (deeds) to be performed and wearing of a cotton thread(Upanayana sanskar) should be avoided on this day.
Akshaya Tritiya date, Shubh muhurat, (timings) for 2017:
Timings for Akshaya Tritiya Muhurat i.e., Puja and performing of all events start on April 28, 2017.
Jain perform ritual on Akshaya Tritiya by offering holy bath to the image of Lord Rishabha dev, the first Teerthankar of Jain with sugarcane juice and celebrate the ending of his one-year fast (Varshitap) by consuming sugarcane juice on this significant day.