Akshaya Tritiya is a very popular festival among the Hindu population around the world. Every year, Akshaya Tritiya is celebrated during the Shukla Paksha of the Vaishakha month.
Shukla Paksha refers to the 15 days after the Amavasya (no moon day) when the moon grows in size. Akshaya Tritiya is perhaps the most auspicious day among all in the Hindu calendar. This festival is celebrated to thank the almighty for the good that has happened in the year before and to pray to the Gods to help maintain and increase the wealth and happiness in life.
Though it is one of the prominent festivals of the Hindus, it is not dedicated to one GOD. Unlike the other festivals that the Hindus commonly celebrate, Akshaya Tritiya is a day when your worship to any God or Goddess will give you increased results.
Lord Maha Vishnu is the God that presides over the day, but on this day, other Gods are worshipped too. Goddess Lakshmi is prayed for wealth and prosperity. Goddess Annapoorna, who is a form of Goddess Shakti, is prayed to make sure that the kitchen is always filled with healthy and delicious food.
Lord Ganesh is worshipped by entrepreneurs and businessmen who embark on a new venture. This is because Lord Ganesha is the remover of all obstacles. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are worshiped by married couples or couples who are about to marry. Doing so will ensure marital bliss in their lives.
Another way of worship is to observe a fast or Vrat. Akshaya Tritiya Vrat is simple and effective. One doesn't need to have much means to perform the Akshaya Tritiya Vrat. You don't need to follow complex guidelines too. The basics things that you will need to remember is that you must keep an upavas or be on a fast, worship the God of your choice and donate goods with a positive energy to the poor or Brahmins. For a detailed guideline on the Akshaya Tritiya Vrat and Vidhi, continue reading.
- Akshaya Tritiya Vrat & Vidhi
You must wake up early in the morning on the day of Akshaya Tritiya. Your first task would be to clean the house completely. It is said that Goddess Lakshmi never enters a dirty house. Next, clean yourself and deal with the daily ablutions. When done, you must place an idol or a picture of Lord Maha Vishnu or any God/Goddess of your choice in a clean part of your house. This is usually done in the pooja room.
- Chant the following while placing the Idol or picture:
Mamakhilapappakshayapoorvak sakala shubha phala prapyate|
Bhagavatpreetikamanaya devatrayapoojanmaham karishye||
- Bathe the Idol or the picture with 'Gomootra'
- Follow the Shodashopachara vidhi to offer worship to the Lord.
- Lord Maha Vishnu is decorated with pleasant smelling flowers. Garland with fragrant flowers is offered to the Lord Maha Vishnu.
- Vishnu Sahasranama is a good mantra to chant on Akshaya Tritiya Day.
- At the end, offer Tulsi leaves.
- Perform the Aarti and distribute any prasad to everybody.
- Akshaya Tritiya Vrat Katha
Once upon a time, there lived a good and pious man named Dharmadas. He was very polite and respectful of poor people and the Brahmanas. He had but one worry in his life. It was that he had a large family and he was finding it very difficult to make the ends meet. During such a time, Dharmadas happened to hear a discourse about Akshaya Tritiya Vrat.
That year, when the Akshaya Tritiya day arrived, Dharmadas went to the River Ganges. Next, He placed his idols and started to reverently pray to the Lord. He then started donating. Fans, wheat, jowar, rice, dal, gold and other substances made up of good vibes and positivity were donated.
His wife constantly tried to dissuade him from donating so much but Dharmadas did not listen. His relatives had turned against him. He was old and was sick all the time too. But in spite of all this, he continued to donate and worship.
As a result of his prayers, Dharmadas, who was a Vaishya by caste, was born as the King of Kushavati city. He became famous and rich with the help of this Vrat.
This Vrat Katha must be read or listened to after breaking the fast. Listening and reading the Vrat Katha will bring you immense prosperity and good fortune.