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Festival of Akshaya Tritiya: The day of donation and charity

Festival of Akshaya Tritiya: The day of donation and charity

What is the Festival of Akshaya Tritiya?

The festival and occasion of Akshaya Tritiya, which is also known as Akha Teej, is observed on the 3rd day (or Tithi) of the Shukla Paksha in the Hindu calendar month of Vaishakha. The meaning of the word Akshaya in Sanskrit is never diminishing. The Akshaya Tritiya is one of the 4 most auspicious days as per the Hindu Calendar. On the day, devotees purchase things like jewellery and property. They also start new businesses on this very day. The day is also considered auspicious for any good event like marriage as it holds the Shubh Muhurta. It possesses the Saava, where people get together in bliss.

Why is the day significant?

This day, in particular, marks the birth of Lord Almighty Parshurama. He is of course the 6th incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is understood that on the very day, Sage Ved Vyasa and God Ganesha started writing and noting the Mahabharata. The day is also sacred for Janis, as their first Tirthankara, Almighty Rishabhdeva, on this day, finished his fast by consuming sugarcane juice. Janis also does charity on this to pay homage to their Lord.

What should you do during Akshaya Tritiya Puja?

As per the Narad Puran, one must fast and do a pujan on the day of Akshaya Tritiya. Along with it, one must also do charity to the needy to procure blessings from Devi Lakshmi and Lord Kuber. One’s soul also gets purified thanks to it.

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Followers pray to Devi Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu on the day. Here are the steps for the puja:

  • On the auspicious festival of Akshaya Tritiya, one must get up very early and take a bath in the Ganga Jal or holy water.
  • After the bath, the follower must put the idols of Laxmi and Vishnu in the Puja Sthaan and offer them rice grains, roli, dhoop, sandalwood, etc.
  • After the puja is done, 1 must clean the idols with Punchamrit and give them Sattu, Jowar, Channa, Cucumber and Tulsi patta.
  • Right at the end, one has to sing God Vishnu’s own aarti and charity things to the poor and the sages. You can give things like fruits, milk, utensils, milk, curd, rice and others.

What can you charity during the Akshaya Tritiya festival?

There are plenty of things that you can charity, as you need to gain the blessings of Devi Laxmi. The word Akshaya means it will not finish. Hence it is understood that if you charity on that day, its effects would stay with you for a long time. You can donate the things below:

  • The one who gives, is not afraid of death.
  • The one who donates clothes can get redemption for sickness.
  • One who provides fruits gets prosperity and also money.
  • Students can give milk and other milk-related products like curd, ghee, butter etc, to promote mental stability.
  • Who gives grains on this day, and saves his family from an untimely and immediate death.
  • One who does the puja for good health and prosperity, Devi Laxmi bestows them with a prosperous and healthy life.