Akshaya Tritiya – How can you celebrate it in Sri Lanka?

Akshaya Tritiya – How can you celebrate it in Sri Lanka?

What is Akshaya Tritiya?

Akshaya Tritiya is considered one of the most auspicious festivals by Hindus since it is the day of manifold blessings. Akshaya Tritiya 2018 falls on 18th April, 2018 (Wednesday). It is considered especially auspicious if this day falls in conjunction with Rohini Nakshatra.

It is believed that Lord Parashuram, the sixth incarnation of Vishnu was born on this day. It is also said that Ved Vyas and Lord Ganesha started writing the great epic Mahabharata on this day. For Jains, this day marks the end of the oneyear fast by Tirthankara Rishabha.

Akshaya means “Endless” or that which never diminishes. As per Vedic astrology, the three lunar days, Yugadi, Akshaya Tritiya and Vijay Dashami do not need any Muhurta for starting new ventures as these three days are free from all malefic effects. So there is no need to check the auspicious time to do any good deeds (kaarya) because each and every moment of these days are propitious. Thus Akshaya Tritiya is an auspicious day to start new ventures as any endeavor started on this day will grow and bring prosperity. The benefits of performing rituals such as Japa, Yagya, Pitra-Tarpan, Dan-Punya on this day stays perpetually with the worshipper

What to do on Akshay Tritiya?

It marks the setting of Treta Yuga among the other three Yugas (Satya, Dwarpa and Kali). Any good work performed on this day will surely invoke manifold Divine results. Buying gold on Akshaya Tritiya is believed to invite endless fortune into one’s life. ‘Endless fortune’ means auspicious presence of Lakshmi. Reasons to buy gold:

  • When it comes to buying gold on Akshaya Tritiya, there are many reasons. The commonest reason is that it is the most auspicious time to purchase wealth especially gold for akshaya means ‘never-ending’; one who buys wealth on this day sees the increase in opulence.
  • It is believed that on this day Kubera attained the post of the treasurer. Therefore, buying and worshiping gold pleases him.
  • However an important reason to buy gold on this festival the month of Shravana (July-August). Period between these months is favorable for engagements and marriages. Families in the Hindu society buy gold and ornaments on Akshaya Tritiya two months before Shravana. It makes the most logical sense to buy gold and ornaments in advance.
  • Even a marriage ceremony performed on Akshaya Tritiya is considered very auspicious and brings stability and harmony. On this auspicious day, one may perform Akshay Tritiya Puja to invite prosperity and abundance. Akshay Tritiya puja rituals include the Madhusudhana ritual, with Tulasi archan and also the chanting of Sri Vishnu Sahasranaamam. Also, one may perform charities during this day which will bring manifold returns.

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