Akshaya Tritiya is an auspicious day free from malefic effects of planets in transit. The entire day is regarded auspicious and there is no need to look for any specific time to start auspicious things on this day.
Astrologically, this is the brightest day as both the luminaries (Sun and Moon) are exalted. On this day Sun is in Aries and Moon is in Taurus and the positions are such that they emit maximum light and they are exalted.
2022 Akshaya Tritiya Timings
New York Timings
Tritiya Tithi Begins – 07:48 PM on May 02, 2022
Tritiya Tithi Ends – 10:02 PM on May 03, 2022
New Delhi Timings
Tritiya Tithi Begins – 05:18 AM on May 03, 2022
Tritiya Tithi Ends – 07:32 AM on May 04, 2022
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Akshaya Tritiya is one of the most fortunate and sacred festival which carries good luck and triumph in terms of new schemes, weddings, big investments such as buying property or gold and any new beginnings in general.
In Sanskrit, the word “Akshaya” means “imperishable, eternal, the never diminishing” in the sense of “prosperity, hope, joy, success”, while Tritiya means “third”. It is named after the “third lunar day” of the spring month of Vaisakha in the Hindu calendar.
It is believed that the benefits of doing any Japa (mantra chanting), Yagya (Homas), Tarpan (Honoring your ancestors), Daan (donation) on this day will never diminish.
Akshaya Tritiya Rituals
- Start the day with arghya for the Sun God. – Honoring the Sun brings invincible victory.
- Chant the Gayatri Mantra for a minimum of 108 times.
- Listen to or Meditate on Kanakadhara Stotram by Adi Shankaracharya
- Begin and initiate new projects and ventures. Any seed we plant on Akshaya Tritiya day will grow to infinite dimensions, so one should choose to plant the seeds of prosperity, joy, success, and compassion.
- Write down all your wishes and keep it in front of Sri Lakshmi and perform a simple Puja.
- Donate to your favorite cause. Charity done on this day is considered extremely auspicious – This is the single most powerful day for charities
- Meditate and spend some time in silence and reflection.
- Feel grateful for everything you have in life. Gratefulness will help in removing lack in life.
- Chant Aum Namo Bhagavate Ramachandraya 108 times to honor the Sun.
- Chant Aum Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya 108 times to honor the Moon.
- Light a Lamp during sunset to honor the divinity all around you.
- Drop all negativity. The more positive you are today, the more prosperous it will be. Chant the mantra “Kleem Paramasivaya Namaha” if you feel negativity.
- Any good deeds done on this day reaps the maximum benefit and will bring you a lot of blessings.
- Resolve to give up bad habits, and adopt good habits.
- You can worship Lord Parashurama with the mantra – “Aum Namo Bhagavate Hrishikeshaya”
- Goddess Gauri is the devata associated with tritiya tithi (3rd lunar day) so you can worship her with the mantra “Sarva Mangala Maangalye, Shive Sarvaartha Saadhike| Sharanye Tryambake Gaurii, Naaraayanii Namostute||”
Why is Akshaya Tritiya So Special? – Mythology and History behind Akshaya Tritiya
- Sage Veda Vyasa began reciting the Hindu epic Mahabharata to Ganesha on Akshaya Tritiya.
- River Ganges descended to earth on this day.
- Akshaya Tritiya is believed in Hinduism to be the birthday of Parasurama who is the sixth incarnation of Vishnu.
- It was on this day that Goddess Annapoorna devi was born.
- Kubera received his wealth and position as custodian of wealth and property with Goddess Lakshmi on this day, by praying to Lord Shiva at Shivapuram.
- In Mahabharata, King Yudhishtira receives the Akshaya patra (magical vessel which holds a never ending supply of food) from Lord Surya on this day.
- It is on this day that poor Sudama, the best friend of Krishna visits Him (Lord Krishna) to greet Him after He became the King. With nothing to offer, Sudama takes with him Poha (puffed rice) and offers it to his friend and never discusses his poverty though he wanted to. On his return he finds his hut changed to a palace.
- Adi Shankaracharya recited the Kanaka Dhara Stotra – One day, as a young boy, he was begging for alms to prepare his lunch and he went to the house of a very poor Brahmin lady to beg. The lady was upset because there was nothing edible in the house. After searching the house once again she found one amla (Amalaki, gooseberry) fruit. She hesitantly offered it to Shankara. He was moved after seeing the plight of the woman and sang 21 hymns praising Goddess Lakshmi. The Goddess was so pleased that she appeared before him and asked him why he has remembered her. He asked the Goddess to grant riches to the poor woman. The Goddess first refused to do so because the lady had not done any work for charity in her previous birth and it is not possible to change one’s fate. Shankara told the Goddess that she is the only one who is capable of changing the fate of someone by erasing or changing the writings of the future made by Lord Brahma. The Goddess was so pleased that she instantly showered the Brahmin lady’s house with goose berries made of pure gold. The 21 stanzas became famous and are read by all devout Hindus.