Akshaya Tritiya is one occasion where the entire day is considered to be a Shubh Muhurat. People buy gold in a dozen, invest in properties, hold marriage ceremonies, etc. Hindus believe in the concept of “good muhurat” before beginning any new venture or buying new things and therefore this occasion is of immense importance.
It also goes by the name of Akha Teej. It falls on the third lunar day of the Hindu month of Vaishakha, which is approximately the months of April or May in the Gregorian calendar. The moon is said to be in a very favourable position at this time. Additionally, the moon along with the sun is considered to be the brightest during this occasion.
There are certain Pujas that are undertaken for prosperity. Most people do the Madhusuhana ritual, where Tulsi leaves, Betel leaves, incense and Bananas are offered to the deity who is being worshipped. Vishnu Sahasranama is also chanted. The main deities that are worshipped during this occasion are Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Vishnu, Lord Ganesh and Lord Kuber. Akshaya Tritiya is considered an auspicious time to undertake the following Pujas:
• Engagement Puja: As this day is considered to be an auspicious occasion to start a new relationship, many people chose this occasion to get engaged or tie a knot. An Engagement Puja commences with a Ganesh Puja.
• Gaja Puja: It also goes by the name of Gaja Dhanakarshana Puja; it is essentially the Puja of an elephant. The elephant is cleansed and decorated after which the Puja is undertaken. This Puja is believed to bring affluence in our lives. It also petitions blessings of Lord Ganesha.
• Lakshmi Puja: This Puja is undertaken as per rituals. The reason why it is considered auspicious to do this Puja is that Goddess Lakshmi is the ‘giver of wealth’. It is believed that by performing the Laxmi Puja on this day, there will be an endless flow of wealth throughout the year. Vishnu Puja is also performed simultaneously as He is the partner of Goddess Lakshmi. Additionally, Akshaya Tritiya is also believed to be the day when Lord Parasurama (incarnation of Lord Vishnu) descendent on earth.
• Ashwa Puja: A Horse represents energy and is believed to be a mark of the Planet Mars. The horse is cleaned and fed after which the Puja is conducted. It is believed to bring optimism and peace of mind.
• Griha Pravesh Puja: Hindus performed this Puja when they buy a new house or are planning to shift to a new home. This Puja is believed to bless the house with peace, prosperity and happiness. What better day than the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya?
• Cow Puja or Gou Puja: After cleaning the Cow, the Puja is performed. The cow is one of the holiest animals in Hinduism. Additionally, it is also believed that she stands as a mark of Venus and showers love.
• Kuber Puja: A Kuber Puja is undertaken to show reverence for Lord Kuber who is known to shower wealth on the devotee. It is considered most fruitful if this Puja is performed along with the Lakshmi Puja.